Source: Mueller had coke to ‘impress friends’
ASPEN – When Aspen police officers found Brooke Mueller allegedly in possession of between 4 and 5 grams of cocaine early Saturday morning, she told them she had not been using the drug, according to a source familiar with the case.
The source, who asked not to be identified, said Mueller told police she had the cocaine so she could “impress her friends” and share it with them. She also poked the arresting officer in the chest to emphasize her point, the source said.
By telling police she was sharing the cocaine with her friends, Mueller, 34, of Los Angeles, faces one felony charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
She also faces one misdemeanor count of assault, following an altercation at the Belly Up nightclub in downtown Aspen, where she allegedly struck another woman. Police, responding to a complaint from the alleged victim at Belly Up, tracked Mueller down at the Escobar nightclub, in the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall.
Mueller’s first appearance in Pitkin County District Court is scheduled for Dec. 19. Mueller, one of actor Charlie Sheen’s ex-wives, has not yet been formally charged.
Assistant District Attorney Arnold Mordkin would not talk about the case Tuesday, saying only that “distribution does not have to mean a sale took place. If you are going to give [illegal drugs] to someone else, you can be charged with intent to distribute.”
Mueller, who flew back to California on Monday, is being represented by Aspen criminal-defense attorney Richard Cummins. She is free on $11,000 bond.
Cummins said he has yet to see the police report, which the District Attorney’s Office is withholding from the media for the time being – the reason, Mordkin said, is because the case is being prosecuted.
“Obviously we have to work through some issues [with the case],” Cummins said.
Mueller and Sheen have twins, Bob and Max.
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