Man says he was busted for baking powder |

Man says he was busted for baking powder

A man from the United Kingdom arrested July 14 for possession of a sizable amount of cocaine, claimed in court yesterday that the white, powdery substance was merely baking powder.

Brian David Palmer, 30, went before Judge J.E. DeVilbiss twice yesterday in Pitkin County’s Ninth Judicial District Court, and twice he told the judge that he was being held on bogus charges.

“The substance found in my possession was actually baking powder,” Palmer said, in response to the judge’s query about why he didn’t have an attorney.

Palmer’s comments prompted DeVilbiss to ask him to take a seat until later in the day. When the judge called his case again, he again asked Palmer, “Do you intend to get a lawyer?” Palmer replied, “Not until a fair test is done of the substance found in my possession.”

On July 10, Aspen police found Palmer sitting cross-legged at the corner of Original Street and Durant Avenue in an unconscious state, according to an arrest warrant. While hospital staffers were administering emergency care on him, a bag containing a “white, powdery substance” was discovered in his belongings, the warrant states. A field test on the substance showed a “positive presumptive indication of the presence of cocaine,” according to the warrant.

Palmer is being held in the Pitkin County Jail on a $10,000 bail.

Police said that the approximate 25 grams found in Palmer’s possession has been sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations and has not yet been processed and returned.

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