Woes continue for suspected Aspen drug dealer
December 5, 2008
ASPEN ” When suspected Aspen drug dealer Devin Schutter was hauled into court about a month ago for allegedly violating the terms of his bond conditions in Pitkin County, he steadfastly denied the accusation.
“I don’t see how I violated my bond,” Schutter told district court Judge James Boyd at the time.
He went on to claim he had not recently been in the jurisdiction where the violation apparently took place.
“I really, literally, have not been in Fremont County for a number of years,” Schutter said.
Turns out Schutter might not have been completely forthcoming with the judge.
An affidavit filed in Fremont County Court last month alleges Schutter played a role in a drug distribution ring that, at times, was allegedly used to funnel drugs into the Four Mile Correctional Facility in Canon City.
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The affidavit was made in “support of finding probable cause to issue a warrant to arrest” Schutter, 30, of Aspen, for suspicion of conspiracy to commit distribution of a schedule I controlled substance in Fremont County.
That arrest led to Schutter allegedly violating the terms of his bond conditions in Pitkin County. Schutter has been locked up since Nov. 6 at the Pitkin County jail, leaving only for court appearances, including a hearing Wednesday.
He is being held on $250,000 bail in the bond violations case.
Also named in the affidavit was Schutter’s younger brother, Stefan, who is serving a 10-year sentence at the correctional facility for a drug-related crime.
William Claspell, the investigator who penned the affidavit, claims the brothers were involved in a series of drug deals over the last few months.
The investigation, which was sparked by a tip Claspell received in September, found drugs were brought into the prison via a milk truck. The correctional facility houses a prison dairy.
The driver, identified as Henry Ferstreat, charged inmates $200 to deliver packages, Claspell wrote in the affidavit. On one occasion, Stefan Schutter allegedly instructed Devin to send a package to Ferstreat’s home address in Pueblo.
It was not clear if that package later found its way into the prison. In other instances, Stefan would instruct his brother to transfer money from one bank account to another, presumably to buy cocaine and heroin.
Claspell pieced together the information by listening to telephone conversations held by the brothers and other inmates that were recorded via the Colorado Inmate Phone System, which allows for such monitoring.
In yet another instance, Claspell, “acting in an undercover capacity” and pretending to be Devin Schutter, made contact with a woman identified as Cara Carlyle at a Kmart store in Pueblo.
He provided Carlyle “with a quantify of pseudo drugs in the form of heroin and cocaine. Carlyle accepted the drugs and she was then taken into custody,” according to the affidavit.
All told, Devin Schutter faces a potential term of four to 12 years in prison should he be convicted of the distribution charge, which is categorized as a class 3 felony.