Man arrested on cocaine charge |

Man arrested on cocaine charge

A 30-year-old man police found unconscious in Aspen last weekend is facing a felony drug charge after hospital staffers found 25 grams of cocaine in his possession.

Brian David Palmer was found in an “unresponsive” state by Aspen police on Saturday near the corner of Original Street and Durant Avenue, according to an arrest warrant filed by Investigator Joe DiSalvo of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Police Officer Chris Womack repeatedly tried to communicate with the man, who was unresponsive and unable to speak, before calling an ambulance for him, according to the warrant. Palmer was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment.

Later that evening, another police officer was dispatched to AVH to follow up on a report that a patient, identified as Palmer, appeared to have an illegal substance in his possession, according to the warrant.

An AVH nurse told Officer Bill Linn that, while undressing Palmer, she found a plastic bag in his clothes that contained a white, powdery substance. The nurse told Linn that inventorying a patient’s possessions is standard procedure, according to the warrant.

Linn field tested the substance – which weighed, along with the bag, about 25 grams – and found it tested positive for the presence of cocaine, the warrant said.

Possession of cocaine, a Schedule 2 substance, is a Class 4 felony.

Under Colorado law, possession of more than 25 grams of a Schedule 2 substance, such as cocaine, heroine and hallucinogenic mushrooms, carries a more severe sentence than possession of lesser quantities.

Palmer, who is now being held in the Pitkin County Jail on a $10,000 bond, is scheduled to make his first appearance in Pitkin County District Court on Monday.

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