Police release inventory of items found in apartment fire
Aspen Times Staff Writer
An inventory of items police allegedly seized from an Aspen resident after a fire last week includes pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription painkillers.
The inventory from the search warrant of Barney Oldfield’s home was filed in Pitkin County District Court Tuesday.
Police say cocaine paraphernalia collected in the kitchen included grinders and a cutting agent for the distribution of the drug, along with vials, straws and spoons. Sixteen bags of marijuana were allegedly found in Oldfield’s freezer, and a 2.2-pound brick of marijuana was found in the refrigerator.
Boxes with other baggies of marijuana and marijuana cigarettes were found in the living room, according to the police inventory, as was a water pipe with suspected marijuana residue. In all, about 6 pounds of marijuana was found in the apartment, investigators say.
The list also includes various pill bottles found in the refrigerator containing prescription medicine like morphine, Valium and other painkillers.
Aspen police Detective Jim Crowley said he doesn’t know how Oldfield got the bottles of prescription medication, and that he will work to contact the people whose names appeared on the medications. He said whether they are charged with crimes will depend on their responses in interviews.
Police also collected 15 credit cards, financial, mortgage, auto insurance and trust fund documents and five silver bars weighing 100 ounces each. Several bags of gold and silver coins were also seized.
Oldfield’s apartment was destroyed by a fire that began on his balcony at the Aspen View Condominiums on Midland Avenue on June 30. Fire officials determined the blaze was probably started by a person, but do not yet know if the fire was set accidentally or intentionally.
Two units were destroyed in the fire, and the rest were damaged by smoke and water. Police obtained a search warrant for Oldfield’s unit after they allegedly saw marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in the apartment during the fire investigation.
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