X-Games cocaine ‘mule’ cops plea | AspenTimes.com

X-Games cocaine ‘mule’ cops plea

A 27-year-old Boulder woman pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to bring 21 individual baggies of cocaine into the Winter X-Games in January.

Katherine Kronen pleaded guilty to felony conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. She will have to remain clear of drugs and alcohol and perform 30 hours of community service, according to District Judge Chris Seldin’s sentence.

However, if Kronen stays out of trouble for the next two years, the felony count will be wiped from her record, according to a plea deal.

Kronen told Seldin that she transported the baggies – each weighing a gram and a half – into the X-Games at the behest of “someone else.” She was caught with the drugs trying to go through event security.

Prosecutor Andrea Bryan said Kronen was under the influence at the time, but was cooperative with police “and provided very valuable information” about the person who “was more culpable in this transaction.”

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Kronen’s lawyer, Richard Cummins, said his client was “used and duped” into carrying the drugs into the X-Games by a friend she’d only known a short time.

“She’s upset that she’d been duped into eventually being a mule for this fellow,” Cummins said.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


42nd Filmfest includes tribute to founder

The Aspen Filmfest program, which opens Tuesday night with the Jessica Chastain-led drama “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” is a tribute to the founder, Ellen Kohner Hunt. The festival will also recognize the memory of Hunt with “Ellenfest” on Thursday.

See more