Snowmass man to Aspen cop: ‘Of course’ that’s coke up my nose
Aspen police caught a 34-year-old Snowmass Village man chopping lines of cocaine on a stone bench across from Little Annie’s Eating House early Monday, according to court documents.
The officers heard the chopping sound during a routine downtown patrol at about 2:10 a.m., according to an arrest warrant. When they contacted Eliphalet Ford, officers saw two credit cards on the bench with a white, powdery substance on them and a line of white powder near Ford’s leg, the warrant states. Ford brushed the line of powder on to the ground when officers asked about it.
One of the officers then shined a flashlight up Ford’s nose, saw a white substance in his nostrils and said he believed it was cocaine, the warrant states.
“Of course I have cocaine up my nose,” the officer said Ford told him. “It’s Aspen.”
Ford later tried to dispose of a paper towel that was determined later to contain cocaine, and officers had to take him to the ground to get it out of his hand, the warrant states. A woman sitting with Ford on the bench said she wasn’t doing cocaine and was not arrested.
Ford was charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. Later on Monday, District Judge Gail Nichols allowed him out of jail on a $2,500 personal-recognizance bond.
• In other court news Monday, one of the three Aspen High School students charged with breaking into a classmate’s home last month while the classmate and his family were away on vacation has accepted a plea deal.
A 17-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal trespassing in exchange for what is called a “deferred adjudication” in juvenile court. That means the felony charge will be wiped from the teen’s record if he stays out of trouble for the next year.
The teen is scheduled to be sentenced in November. The other two boys charged in the case — a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old — each face felony charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, conspiracy to commit burglary and misdemeanor theft.
The boys allegedly broke into their classmate’s home in Snowmass Village between Aug. 13 and Aug. 15, threw a party and stole beer, wine and clothing, according to court documents.
• A 30-year-old Snowmass Village man with a history of threatening behavior was sentenced to six years in prison Monday.
Michael Phillips pleaded guilty to felony stalking related to a 2014 case and felony criminal mischief related to a 2012 case in May, and Nichols sentenced him to six years probation.
However, Phillips committed 14 rule violations between May and Aug. 20, and was kicked out of the probation program.
On Monday, Nichols sentenced Phillips to three years in prison for each case and gave him credit for already having served 256 days in jail.
• An Old Snowmass man accused of selling fake New Mexico elk-hunting permits is facing four felonies in connection with the allegations, according to court documents.
Josh Meacham, 27, was charged with theft between $20,000 and $100,000, criminal attempt to commit theft, criminal impersonation and computer crimes. Meacham was advised of the charges in district court Monday.
Until recently, Meacham also was the owner of a marijuana-derivatives manufacturing business in Aspen. Meacham sold the business to his business partner Sept. 15.
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