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El Jebel man faces heroin-possession, evidence-tampering charges

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times

A Roaring Fork Valley man faces felony drug-possession and evidence-tampering charges in Lake County following a July 29 arrest at a Leadville-area restaurant.

George Armando Bolton-Galindo, 38, of the El Jebel area, will make his first appearance in Lake County District Court on Friday. He is accused of possessing more than 4 grams of heroin and tampering with physical evidence, according to an Aug. 21 filing by Deputy District Attorney Mark Franklin, of the 5th Judicial District.

Bolton-Galindo also faces a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence.

An affidavit in support of warrantless arrest, written by Lake County Deputy David Basile, states that an Eagle County paramedic reported to authorities that a white Infinity sedan was drving in an unsafe manner on state Highway 91 between Interstate 70 and Leadville at about 6 p.m. on July 29.

The Infinity pulled into the parking lot of a Pizza Hut restaurant just north of Leadville, Basile wrote. Soon after, the deputy made contact with the driver, identified as Bolton-Galindo.

Basile said that he asked Bolton-Galindo to perform voluntary physical maneuvers to prove he was capable of driving the vehicle safely. The deputy said Bolton-Galindo failed to perform the tests in a manner consistent with a sober person.

Basile wrote that during the investigation, he found a pill bottle containing 5.6 grams of black-tar heroin as well as four pills wrapped in cigarette-pack cellophane.

“After the narcotics were found, (Bolton-Galindo) made multiple spontaneous utterances referring to him having a problem with heroin,” the affidavit said.

Six grams of black-tar heroin has an estimated street value of around $200, according to Internet sources.

The deputy’s statement does not explain the tampering charge. Bolton-Galindo was arrested and later released from the Lake County Jail on a personal-recognizance bond.

Franklin could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.