Cocaine charges land two men in custody |

Cocaine charges land two men in custody

Naomi Havlen

Aspen police arrested a man for allegedly violating his bond conditions, and wound up taking him to jail for suspicion of possessing and selling cocaine.

Devin Schutter, 25, was approached by police on Wednesday night on an arrest warrant that claims he harassed a former girlfriend while a restraining order was in place. Schutter is the older brother of Stefan Schutter, who is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for his participation in the 1999 crime spree in which a dozen Aspen teenagers robbed local grocery stores at gunpoint, stole vehicles and burglarized homes and businesses.

According to the arrest warrant for Devin Schutter, he was arrested in August 2003 for trespassing, harassment and domestic violence after he allegedly broke into his girlfriend’s residence. The warrant says the father of his former girlfriend told police this March that Schutter has a restraining order in place, but that he continues to call their house.

The warrant also states that Schutter left a number of verbally abusive messages on his ex-girlfriend’s cellular phone. As a result, Schutter was charged with violation of his bond conditions and harassment.

Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley said that when police went to arrest Schutter on Wednesday night, he was found at Eric’s Bar in Aspen. After being escorted outside and handcuffed, police found two transparent-plastic baggies of what appeared to be cocaine in his pocket, and about $400 in cash.

Crowley said it’s suspected that Schutter was selling cocaine, since the cash was in $20 bills and other denominations that would be consistent with selling. The suspected cocaine weighed just more than 2 grams.

Schutter was taken to the Pitkin County Jail where he was charged with possession of cocaine and distribution of cocaine. Crowley said he posted $18,000 bond and was released.

Also on Wednesday night, Michael Lee Crandall was arrested for alleged possession of cocaine. According to a police report, police walking through Shooter’s bar in Aspen saw Crandall leaning over a shelf in a bathroom stall, as though he was snorting drugs off the shelf.

The report says Crandall then stood up and moved his hands to his face while snorting through his nose, as though he was ingesting cocaine. Police took Crandall into custody, and the white, powdery substance they took from Crandall in a folded piece of paper tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

Crandall told police he bought the cocaine from a man he didn’t know at the bar for $20. When police tested the substance and commented that the cocaine did not seem to be of very good quality, Crandall reportedly said, “What do you expect for $20?”

Crandall posted bond and was released.

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