Aspen man accused of selling Ecstasy |

Aspen man accused of selling Ecstasy

Max Brandon Puder

ASPEN – A judge set a bond of $50,000 for an 18-year-old man jailed Christmas Eve on suspicion of selling the drug Ecstasy outside of a downtown Aspen nightclub.

Max Brandon Puder, of Aspen, was advised of three criminal charges Tuesday in the chambers of Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols.

Aspen police arrested Puder after an officer spotted him conducting a drug transaction on the exit stairs of Belly Up Aspen, according to an affidavit in support of a warrantless arrest. Aspen Police Officer Jeff Fain Tasered Puder when he tried to run away, the affidavit says.

Fain also found a plastic bag, which Puder had discarded when he tried to flee, containing a white, powdery substance, according to the affidavit. Puder later admitted to police the substance was “Molly,” a street term for Ecstasy when it’s in a powdery form, the affidavit says.

Meanwhile, the man who allegedly bought the Ecstasy turned it over to police before running away. Police were unable to apprehend him, according to the affidavit.

Puder, who was a student at Aspen High School this past fall, faces two felonies: unlawful distribution of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and possession of more than 4 grams of a Schedule 1 controlled substance. The distribution count carries four to 16 years in prison; the possession charge carries two to six years of incarceration. He also faces one misdemeanor offense of resisting arrest.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said he will file charges at Puder’s next court appearance, set for Jan. 9.

Puder’s parents attended Wednesday’s advisement hearing, which Nichols conducted via speaker phone from her office in Glenwood Springs. His father said the family is focused on putting Puder in a rehabilitation facility so he can get on the right track.

Should Puder post bond, he will not be allowed to consume alcohol or take illegal substances. That includes marijuana, even though Puder is a registered marijuana patient.

“No pot. No marijuana,” the judge said.

The family has hired Yale Galanter, a defense attorney who practices in Aspen and outside of the state.

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