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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.

Task force 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.

Judge: Evidence need not be suppressed in pot growing bust

Petre finds no police misconduct

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
July 15, 2007

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A judge ruled Friday not to throw out evidence based on allegations of an illegal search in November.

That search led to marijuana-cultivation arrests related to a suspected growing operation in a Westbank Road residence.

Denying a defense motion, 9th Judicial District Judge Daniel Petre found no conduct by law enforcement tainted an affidavit resulting in a search warrant.

Steven Jundt's attorney, Kathy Goudy, had challenged the search in a motion to suppress evidence. She argued that the search was illegal because law enforcement did not initially obtain a warrant.

"They had the tools. They had the facts. They chose not to follow the U.S. Constitution and the Colorado Constitution" she said. "It was an illegal search when they entered the house at the landlord's request."

She also argued that the lease agreement did not give the landlord any authority to invite law enforcement into the residence.

Deputy District Attorney Jeff Cheney argued that when officers initially entered the residence and spoke to Julia Jundt after speaking to others in the driveway, the entry did not constitute a search. He said Julia gave officers verbal consent to search, which provides for an exception to search warrant requirements. He added that law enforcement behaved reasonably when Julia said she wanted to revoke her consent after being read her Miranda rights, including having her sign a written consent form. He said law enforcement stopped their search and obtained a warrant from a judge once Julia Jundt announced she wanted to withdraw her consent.

The suspected 73-plant basement marijuana-growing operation came to light last November. A landlord was showing prospective buyers a home and noticed a portion of the basement that had been sheet-rocked over to look as if it were not there. He removed the sheet-rock and told authorities he found growing marijuana. Authorities said the room could only be accessed through a hatch hidden in the closet of a room above. They said they found a handwritten letter to Hana Jundt, 19, with instructions on how to care for the crop and that they also found suspected psilocybin mushrooms.

Julia Jundt, 49, was arrested Nov. 30 on suspicion of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and cultivation of marijuana.

Steven Jundt, 47, pleaded not guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cultivation of marijuana on April 12, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office. He previously sought to have the venue of his case changed but was unsuccessful.

Hana Jundt and a man living on the second floor, Adam Pratt, 21, also face drug charges. Steven is the only one charged in the case who has entered a plea at this time. The Garfield County Sheriff's Office and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team carried out the search and arrests.

Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO storage/paper1098/news/2007/09/24/News/Students. Praised.For.Quick.Action.In.Dorm.Assault.Case-2986309.shtml


Students praised for quick action in dorm assault case
Procedure for dealing with inter-dormitory violence questioned
Ben Prince

Issue date: 9/24/07


Days after the Sept. 18 incident, where CU freshman Scott Hart Pyzik, 19, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his neighbors in a student dormitory, CU spokesperson Bronson Hilliard said it was the students who played the largest role in their own safety.

Police said Pyzik allegedly ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms as he wandered the halls of CU's Stearns East Hall. He is accused of assaulting neighbors and committing felonies witnessed by a number of his fellow student residents on the sixth floor of the student housing building.

"I was there the night it happened -- the whole building still talks about it," said freshman Stephanie Lyra, an advertising and theater major. "He punched my friend, who then came downstairs to hide out in his room with me. He was eventually caught and taken out in a stretcher, with a bag over his head."

Pyzik was arrested and faces charges of second-degree burglary, attempted sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and drug possession.

Hilliard stresses that this case isn't about issues of dorm safety or security.

"Worries of entrance points for the buildings, reminding students to close doors to their dorms -- these are lessons we've already learned from previous incidents," Hilliard said. "It was a situation where there's a lot of people standing around in the dorms, and here comes a guy who lives on the same dorm, same floor even."

CU Police Spokesperson and Boulder Police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley agreed.

"It's hard to say you should keep someone out of the building who lives there," Wiesley said. "As far as the handling of the situation, we're thankful for the those who stepped in to help us resolve it before it could get any further than it did."

Hilliard is proud at how the situation was handled by the students themselves.

"What's good news is a group of people subdued Pyzik, and held him until police arrived," Hilliard said.

Immediately after the incident, student residential advisers acted quickly to brief the students on what happened, how to respond to future situations, and proceeded to council victims, in a response Hilliard deemed "outstanding." Counseling resources were then made available to the victims.

Wiesley advises that students still lock their doors.

"Of course it's something students do, to leave their doors open when they study, or see other students," Wiesley said. "But when you're not there, or if you're safety is threatened? Always lock doors, for a variety of reasons -- from protecting your iPod to your own personal safety."

Hilliard offered another important detail that students should remember with incidents like this.

"It's important for our students to know how much of a resource they are within this university," Hilliard said. "They are, without a doubt, our most valuable partners in achieving their own safety -- from helping us with information, to reporting strange or unusual activity. This case was executed well and serves as a great example of that knowledge."

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