Complaint turns into bad trip for transient
ASPEN Aspen police arrested a transient man Sunday for allegedly trying to sell liquid acid, though it later turned out to be hair oil, according to police Sgt. Bill Linn.Russell Surgeon, 22, is facing charges of possession with the intent to sell an imitation substance. Police received a call from a resident at 7:30 p.m. reporting that someone had tried to sell him drugs outside the Aspen Store, across from the Pitkin County Courthouse. However, Surgeon allegedly walked off as he was making the call. Forty-five minutes later, the same resident called back and said he had spotted the man who tried to sell him drugs on the Hyman Avenue mall. This time, Linn said, police found the man and asked him if he was trying to sell drugs.Linn said that Surgeon went back and forth about whether he thought the vial he had contained liquid acid. When police tested the substance, they found that it contained what they believe to be hair oil and no trace of illegal drugs. Surgeon is in custody at the Pitkin County Jail on $2,500 bond.
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