RFTA bathroom yields cocaine arrest in Aspen
A police officer saw a 23-year-old Aspen man chopping lines of cocaine on his iPhone through a crack in the bathroom stall at Rubey Park about midnight Tuesday and arrested him for felony drug possession.
That’s according to a police report filed Wednesday in District Court, which states that a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority security guard flagged down Aspen police officers at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday and said he thought two men were sniffing cocaine in a stall in the Rubey Park men’s room.
Officer Seth DelGrasso went inside the bathroom, “looked through the crack between the stall door and the frame” and saw Thomas Crook and another man in the stall, the report states.
“The iPhone Crook was holding had a white powdery substance on the screen area of the phone,” according to DelGrasso’s report. “Crook was using a hard plastic card to chop this white powder and had formed a line with the substance.”
The officer then knocked on the stall door, told the men he was a police officer and asked them to open the door. Crook did so, “then hurried to the back of the toilet area and dumped the white powder on the floor,” the report states.
The officer asked if the white residue on Crook’s phone was cocaine and he told them it was, according to the report. Crook also admitted to having a baggie of cocaine in his pocket. The substance in the baggie weight 0.7 grams and tested positive for cocaine, the report states.
On Wednesday in District Court, prosecutor Andrea Bryan told Judge Denise Lynch that Crook had no criminal history, and the judge allowed him out of jail on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.
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