Longtime Aspenite arrested for bindle of cocaine at club
Longtime local James “Stroke” Jochem was arrested on drug possession charges early Thursday morning at the Double Diamond nightclub, after police allegedly caught him with a “bindle” of cocaine in his hand.
Jochem, 47, of Aspen, is currently free on a $5,000 bond awaiting trial.
According to Aspen Police Officer Bill Linn, he and another officer were on a routine swing through the club shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday, when Linn reportedly saw Jochem stepping into the backstage area with an unidentified woman.
Linn and the other officer, Sgt. Gary Kalkman, followed the pair behind the stage and, according to documents on file with the court, saw Jochem standing “inside a pair of doors that swing outwards … with the doors open about a foot,” in what Linn surmised was a “mechanical closet.”
Linn reported that Jochem “searched through his pockets” with his back to the officers, and that when Linn knocked on one of the doors Jochem turned toward him, allegedly holding “an open, white paper fold, known commonly as a bindle, in his right hand.” The woman, Linn said, was standing in front of Jochem.
According to Linn’s report, Jochem put the bindle on a shelf and asked Linn to “cut me a break.” He also, according to Linn, admitted that the bindle contained cocaine.
After Linn had arrested Jochem for possession of cocaine, according to the report, he searched him and allegedly found “a second paper fold bindle” in a pocket.
Linn’s report indicated that the powder in the bindle was field tested, and the results were positive for cocaine. Although the amount of the substance in the two bindles has not been reported, sources at the Pitkin County Courthouse indicated it may be enough that Jochem will be facing more serious charges than simple possession.
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