Arrest made in Carbondale meth-lab case
February 23, 2015
When authorities caught up with him in Glenwood Springs more than a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Chad Boulter told them he had planned on turning himself in the next day.
Boulter, 26, is accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in his Carbondale apartment. Police arrived at the residence a few blocks from Town Hall on Feb. 5, after an anonymous party called for a welfare check. According to his arrest affidavit, Boulter told the caller that "he had been cooking methamphetamine all day and he was planning on blowing his house up."
Several other men were at the apartment when Boulter answered the door. He assured officers that he wasn't planning to harm himself and gave them permission for a search. The smell of ammonia, a torn-open battery, several bottles of chemicals and other equipment led the searchers to suspect the "one pot" method of methamphetamine production had been in use.
The Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team secured the apartment — a separate living space in a two-story home — for safety and testing.
A warrant was issued for Boulter's arrest the next day.
On the afternoon of Feb. 14, Glenwood police received a report that Boulter had checked into a local motel. There, police encountered Boulter and one of the friends who had been at his apartment Feb. 5. A search of the room yielded several syringes and a small piece of tar on the dresser that tested presumptive positive.
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Boulter was arrested on two felony counts of manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance and one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and held at the Garfield County Jail on a $5,000 bond.
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