Large Stash Of Drugs Found In Keystone Condo Former County Attorney Arrested
POSTED: 4:41 pm MST November 29, 2006
UPDATED: 7:33 pm MST November 29, 2006
Authorities said they've made major drug bust in Summit County.
Drug agents checking out a condo in Keystone found more than 1,000 pills of valium, Oxycontin and other drugs.
A Summit County drug task force agent also bought 32 pounds of Psilocybin mushrooms and seized 39 grams of marijuana.
The investigation began when undercover drug task force agents bought drugs from Barry Nowakowski in September and October. Last Wednesday, Nowakowski was arrested on multiple charges of distributing drugs and drug possession.
During the police investigation, deputies tracked down where he got his drugs and on the same day that he was arrested, they went to arrest his supplier.
The agents went to a third-floor unit at the Liftside Condos, located at 22864 Highway 6 in unincorporated Keystone.
Inside the unit they saw plastic bags containing marijuana and marijuana concentrate, and a former Summit County attorney -- James Michael Tyler, the Summit County Sheriff's Office said.
Tyler, 56, had been convicted in 1992 of dealing drugs in a grand jury case involving an organized crime control act, authorities said. He had served several years in community correction, the sheriff's office said.Officers searched the condo and also seized a scale, plastic bags, 1,275 tablets of valium, 10 Oxycontin tablets and 204 Tranadal tablets. Tyler was arrested and is facing charges of drug possession and intent to distribute drugs.
arrests patrons, bartender at establishments
Summit daily news
Summit County, CO Colorado
May 15, 2007
SUMMIT COUNTY - Drug task force officers arrested four people at two local bars on suspicion of felony drug charges after a two-month undercover operation into illegal drug sales at the businesses.
Scott Eric Racette, 26, the bartender at Pravda Vodka Bar at Copper Mountain, was arrested after agents allegedly purchased 47 grams of psilocybin mushrooms from him between February and April.
He's been arrested on three counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of distributing a controlled substance.
Three local patrons of Salt Creek Club in Breckenridge were also arrested after undercover drug agents successfully purchased LSD and marijuana during the operation.
Nathan McNeese, 26, allegedly sold 10 doses of LSD and marijuana to agents and was arrested on one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance, distribution of marijuana and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Danny Kakish, also known as "Bear," 23, was arrested on two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover officer on two separate occasions.
Alisha Harrison also known as "Melissa," 22, was arrested on two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover officer on two separate occasions.
Kakish and Harrison apparently both told officers that the marijuana came from California.
All the arrests were made about two weeks ago, said Summit County Undersheriff Derek Woodman, who heads up the Drug Task Force.
Salt Creek bar manager Billie Keithley said the alleged purchases took place outside the bar on the business' deck and no employees were involved in the sale of drugs, or knew of any sales occurring.
She said the bar's staff does their very best to check patrons for possession of drugs by performing regular rounds of the bar's dance floor, the bathroom and the deck.
"Unfortunately we can't catch everybody, especially if it's happening outside," Keithley said.
Keithley said the three people accused of selling drugs at the bar won't be allowed back.
Woodman said Salt Creek won't face any punishment because its employees weren't involved in the alleged drug transactions; however, Pravda may see some repercussions in the future.
"It will certainly come up when they do apply for their liquor license because it was an employee," Woodman said.
The bar's liquor license is up for renewal in November, according to the county Clerk and Recorder's Office.
Pravda, which leases space at Copper Mountain and is not owned or operated by the resort, was closed on Tuesday and the phone went unanswered.
None of the people arrested in the undercover operation is listed in the phone book.
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