Police arrest man carrying 42 bindles, seven ‘eightballs’
March 18, 2002
Officers of the Aspen Police Department made their second major drug arrest in less than a week while investigating a theft at the Cooper Street Pier Saturday night.
Cesar Tapia Perez was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found 42 bindles of cocaine, seven “eight balls” (one-eighth of an ounce) of a “white, rock-type substance” and a bag of marijuana in his pockets. Perez is currently being held in the Pitkin County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
APD Sgt. Rob Fabrocini said police were called to Cooper Street around 8:45 p.m. Saturday to investigate reports of a jewelry theft. Fabrocini said he and another officer met the alleged victim in front of the bar, and as the officers questioned her about the incident, she pointed out a man leaving Cooper Street as the thief.
“She pointed at him and said, ‘That’s the guy, he’s one of them – he’s got my rings,'” Fabrocini said. “Based on that information, the officer detained Perez and did a search for the rings.”
The officer didn’t find the jewelry, but he allegedly found a few bindles of a white powdery substance. Perez was arrested, and a thorough search of several pockets found additional bindles as well as seven plastic bags of what police believe is uncut cocaine. The search also turned up a small baggie of a “green leafy substance.”
“It’s definitely the largest amount I’ve ever seen on a person,” Fabrocini said of the arrest.
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Field tests performed on a bindle by two different APD officers identified the powdery substance as cocaine.
The theft case is still under investigation, Fabrocini said.
The arrest marks the second major drug bust by the APD in the last five days. A man was arrested at The Grottos on March 11 after a search allegedly turned up 38 bindles of cocaine stored in a CD carrying case in the man’s pocket.