S’mass man turns self in
An Old Snowmass man who was allegedly part of a multistate drug ring turned himself in in New Hampshire Tuesday morning.Glen Fuller, 50, had been a fugitive since Oct. 19, when Drug Enforcement Administration agents first attempted to find him at his home in the Little Elk Creek subdivision. He and Aspen resident Thomas Blank, 65, are charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.Blank was arrested Thursday as he arrived at work. After appearing in front of a federal judge in Denver, Blank was extradited to Chicago, where the charges originated. He posted a $20,000 bond on Monday.Fuller gave himself up at the U.S. Marshall’s Office in Concord, N.H., said agent Steve Sperry of the DEA’s Grand Junction office. He’ll also appear before a federal judge and is expected to then be taken to Chicago.John Van Ness, Fuller’s local attorney and longtime friend, said his client was in New Hampshire to visit his mother, who had been hospitalized.Federal agents believe Fuller and Blank had a role in a drug ring that smuggled millions of dollars’ worth of heroin, cocaine and marijuana into the country from Mexico. Operation Money Clip began in 2002 and has resulted in 83 arrests and 26 large seizures of cash, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs, according to the DEA.The agency has not specified what roles Fuller and Blank allegedly had within the drug ring. Sperry said the DEA investigated both men for almost a year.A neighbor of Fuller’s in Old Snowmass, who did not want to be identified, said he had heard that the suspect had called a fellow neighbor over the weekend, saying he was going to turn himself in and that he was “100 percent innocent.”The indictment for the drug smuggling ring lists the involvement of more than 20 people; Van Ness said his client had “never heard of all these people.””The press releases make it sound like he was one of the top drug dealers in the world, and it’s just not true,” he said.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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