Snowmass man arrested on heroin charges after alleged overdose
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – A Snowmass Village resident turned himself in to authorities Tuesday for possession of heroin.
The arrest of Dylan Jose Lee, 23, came after he allegedly overdosed on the substance at his apartment in Snowmass Village on April 3.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, written by Brian Olson of the Snowmass Village Police Department, paramedics were called to Lee’s residence about 6:12 a.m. that day.
Paramedics learned of Lee’s condition after one of his roommates called to report that he had passed out. The roommate told authorities that he saw Lee shooting up heroin at 1:30 that morning before convulsing and falling to the floor.
Lee had lain on the floor, unconscious, for 31⁄2 hours, the roommate said. The roommate then called 911, “fearing Lee’s condition was not improving,” the affidavit says.
The roommate also told police that before the ambulance arrived, he took the hypodermic needle Lee had used to shoot up the heroin, put it in an empty Jägermeister bottle and then threw it down a trash chute.
Olson retrieved the syringe and put it into evidence, the affidavit says.
When paramedics arrived at the apartment, they found Lee unconscious on his kitchen floor, the affidavit says. After paramedics administered an IV to counter the effects of the heroin, Lee regained consciousness and was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, according to the affidavit.
Afterward, when Lee was in the emergency room, hospital employees reportedly found a bag containing heroin in Lee’s possession. Police also found evidence of heroin at Lee’s apartment unit, the affidavit says.
On Tuesday in Aspen, Lee was advised by Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely that he faces two charges: one felony count for possession of heroin and one misdemeanor charge for unlawful use of heroin.
Later Tuesday, Lee posted bail of $2,500 and was released from the Pitkin County Jail. He told the judge that he plans to move to California and live with his mother. The judge granted him permission to leave the state but reminded Lee that he is due back in court June 4.
Pitkin County prosecutor Arnold Mordkin said that heroin arrests are uncommon in Pitkin County.
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