Texas man faces drug, domestic violence charges after incident in Aspen hotel room

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A Texas man is facing felony drug charges after allegedly beating up his fiancee at a downtown hotel last week while binging on heroin and crack cocaine, according to court documents.

Scott Bleiler, 38, of Graham, Texas, told police the drugs belonged to his fiancee, though police later found 0.8 grams of black tar heroin in his wallet and a butane torch lighter in his pocket, according to an affidavit written by an Aspen police officer filed Wednesday in District Court.

The incident first was reported to police at about 6:45 p.m. Nov. 24, when an employee of a downtown Aspen hotel reported that a woman had been assaulted “by her significant other,” the affidavit states.

The 45-year-old woman was visibly upset and crying when police arrived and was hesitant at first to tell them what happened. She eventually told them Bleiler took a Xanax and then became upset with her for wanting to go see a movie with her sons, who were staying in another room at the hotel, according to the affidavit.

“The incident became physical when Bleiler ‘grabbed her’ and threw her to the ground,” the affidavit states. “He then hit her several times in the face.”

The woman said she struck Bleiler back in self-defense, while officers noticed holes and tears in her skirt she said were from being thrown to the ground, according to the affidavit.

She said she suspected Bleiler was on Xanax and “a whole bunch of other drugs.” She told them she used to have a drug habit but was now clean, the affidavit states. Bleiler has been previously arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, according to the officer’s affidavit.

Bleiler fled the hotel room, and officers found it in disarray. They also discovered three spoons with burn marks and a white and brown residue on them, filters for a syringe, three syringes with trace amounts of liquid in them, two baggies with trace amounts of a white, powdery substance, a broken glass pipe with brown residue, a plastic shower cap containing three grams of crack cocaine and a prescription bottle of Methadone in Bleiler’s name, according to the affidavit.

The heroin, a partially consumed Xanax pill and the butane torch lighter — often used to cook drugs in a spoon before they are injected — were found in Bleiler’s personal property at the Pitkin County Jail after he was arrested, the affidavit states.

A test of Bleiler’s urine at the jail indicated the presence of opiates, cocaine and benzodiazepines, according to the affidavit.

Bleiler was charged with harassment, domestic violence, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of drug possession.