Aspen visitor cops plea in cocaine-in-cab incident
A Saudi Arabian man who police said wanted to go “extreme” while visiting Aspen around Thanksgiving last year pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Tuesday.
Majed Alhamad, 23, did not appear in Pitkin County Court because he has moved back to Saudi Arabia after graduating from college in California, said his attorney, Jay Tiftickjian. He will spend the next year on unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to the petty offense.
Alhamad and a friend were taking a High Mountain Taxi to the St. Regis hotel early in the morning Nov. 27 when he began repeatedly offering the 60-year-old driver cocaine, according to a police report. The driver refused the drug and told police that his refusal seemed to anger Alhamad, the report states.
Alhamad called the driver a racial slur and a “f—ing American” before exposing his genitals to the man and spilling cocaine on him, according to the police report.
Alhamad later admitted using derogatory language toward the driver and told police he paid $100 for the cocaine from someone he met on the street. However, he told police it was actually baby powder and not cocaine.
Alhamad was initially charged with felony cocaine possession and harassment. However, Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan said there wasn’t enough of the drug to test, so the case was heard in county court instead because it no longer involved a felony.
On Tuesday, Aspen prosecutor Sarah Talbott said the plea was appropriate because Alhamad had no criminal history. The harassment charge was dismissed in exchange for the disorderly conduct plea.
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