Judge sets drug suspect’s bail at $3.2M
So far, Carbondale resident Timothy Hatler Bayless has yet to come up with the $3.2 million he’ll need to get out of jail.Bayless, 58, failed to appear in court earlier this month for a hearing on four drug charges. After he failed to show up, District Judge Thomas Craven issued a warrant for his arrest and set bond at $800,000 for each charge.”It’s high,” Deputy District Attorney Jeff Cheney said. “But I wouldn’t call it outlandish.”The greater the frequency one fails to appear, the more one can be assured it [bond] will go up,” Cheney said. While it may be constitutionally tricky to deny bail to a defendant like Bayless, Cheney said, judges do have the power to set the amount so high that the suspect is unable to meet it. Bayless remains in custody in Garfield County jail.Garfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested the former advertising executive June 1 at his Willow Lane home in Carbondale after he was a no-show at the court hearing.Bayless has a history of drug-related arrests. Agents with the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team seized 219.1 grams of suspected marijuana, 14.6 grams of suspected psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia from Bayless’ home in August. Agents were attempting to serve warrants for narcotics-related charges in both Garfield and Clear Creek counties at the time. Bayless was not at home at the time, but deputies entered his house after reportedly spotting drug-related paraphernalia through the front door.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said Tuesday that Bayless is a “regular TRIDENT client.” More recently, he was charged on May 4 with violating conditions of his bail, possessing of 1 gram or less of cocaine, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing a peace officer, possessing of drug paraphernalia and possessing of 1 ounce or less of marijuana.He scheduled for arraignment in district court June 15.
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