Pain drugs stolen from ski patrol shack atop Buttermilk over weekend |

Pain drugs stolen from ski patrol shack atop Buttermilk over weekend

Tiehack Express lift at Buttermilk stopped functioning due to electrical issues Wednesday around 11 a.m. Ski patrollers from three mountains helped evacuate 80 people from the lift.
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Pain-management narcotics were stolen late Saturday or early Sunday from the ski patrol shack atop Buttermilk Ski Area, Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said Monday.

The drugs, which are used by ski patrol to treat people seriously injured on the mountain, were taken from a safe in the shack that was locked when patrollers left Saturday evening, DiSalvo said. He declined to say whether the safe was forced open or if the thief knew the safe combination or had a key.

The building did not appear to show signs of forced entry, the sheriff said.

“It appears (Aspen Skiing Co.) did everything they could to secure these … narcotics,” he said.

DiSalvo refused to name the types of drugs or the amounts taken, citing an open investigation into the incident. He also said he did not know how much the drugs were worth.

The incident occurred after patrollers left the shack Saturday evening, he said. A patroller who arrived at the shack Sunday morning reported the theft, DiSalvo said.

Nothing else was taken in the burglary and the building was not damaged during the break-in, he said.

Jeff Hanle, spokesperson for the Aspen Skiing Co., declined to comment beyond saying that employees were “cooperating and assisting fully” with the Sheriff’s Office investigation.

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