Senior housing tenant is facing drug charges |

Senior housing tenant is facing drug charges

An Aspen man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling drugs out of his apartment at the Aspen Country Inn, a senior housing complex on Highway 82 near the golf course.

John Satre, 56, faces several charges, including cocaine and marijuana distribution, after an informant told police he allegedly bought drugs from Satre. According to the affidavit for a search warrant, a resident of the complex had also been complaining to police about suspicious activity since July 1. The resident allegedly saw people regularly arriving at the unit and then leaving minutes later.

Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley searched Satre’s apartment Tuesday night and allegedly seized cocaine, marijuana, crack pipes, torches often used to convert cocaine into crack and cash. Crowley would not comment on the amount of alleged drugs or cash seized, and said the investigation is ongoing.

Satre was taken to the Pitkin County Jail on Tuesday night. He is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $21,000 bond Wednesday morning.

The informant also alleged Satre would sell prescription drugs for $20 a pill.

The search warrant claims the informant’s story corroborates with the complaints of the resident.

Satre will appear in Pitkin County District Court on Nov. 3.

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