Aspen’s reputation for being a party town surfaces again
For the third time in recent months, a man arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession reportedly cited Aspen’s party-town reputation as a reason for carrying the drug.
This time it was allegedly a 28-year-old Snowmass Village man pulled over by an Aspen police officer early Monday morning on the 400 block of East Main Street, according to a police report filed in District Court. Kyle Jackson initially told an officer that the alcohol he smelled in the car was coming from Jackson’s girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat, according to the report.
However, when the officer told Jackson to get of the car, he could smell the alcohol coming from him, the report states. Jackson took roadside sobriety tests and then reportedly agreed to provide a breath sample at the Pitkin County Jail.
When they arrived at the jail, the officer noticed that Jackson had taken off his seat belt in the police car, which he admitted to doing, the report states.
“He then said, ‘And there’s a bag of cocaine on the floor,’” according to the police report. “’That was mine. Yes, 100 percent. It’s right here under my foot.’”
The officer recovered a small plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance from the floor of the police cruiser, according to the report.
Later, while being searched by deputies at the jail, a small, green bag containing a white, powdery substance fell out of Jackson’s clothing, the report states.
“Jackson said that he didn’t know that was in his pocket,” according to the report. “He looked at me and said, ‘I mean, I’m not going to give you the “It’s Aspen” thing, but … you know.’”
Together, the two bags weighed 1.2 grams, the report states. Jackson’s blood-alcohol content was later determined to be 0.15 percent, nearly double the state’s legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.
Jackson was charged with drunken driving and cocaine possession, a felony.
In October, a 34-year-old Snowmass Village man reportedly told police who caught him chopping lines of cocaine on a stone bench downtown that the white substance in his nostrils was cocaine.
“Of course I have cocaine up my nose,” the man said, according to a police report. “It’s Aspen.”
Then around Thanksgiving, a 23-year-old Saudi Arabian man repeatedly offered an Aspen taxi driver cocaine and then became angry when the driver refused, according to a police report. The man then exposed his genitals to the driver, called him a racist epithet and spilled cocaine on him, the report said.
The man told police he bought the cocaine from a man on the street and wanted to “go extreme” while he was in town, the police report said.
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