Drugs found in stolen Acura; three arrested


— Three men and two juveniles, all from Denver, were taken out of a stolen car at gunpoint Wednesday morning.
Authorities arrested three of the occupants, who were in a blue 1997 Acura that had been stolen from Denver, Colorado State Patrol trooper Brad Keadle said. Drugs, including cocaine and LSD, were also found during the traffic stop.
The car was stopped by a state trooper about 8:45 a.m. two miles east of Hayden. The trooper stopped the vehicle for speeding, Keadle said.
Running the license plate, the trooper discovered the Acura had been reported stolen. Because of that, the occupants were taken out at gunpoint, he said.
The vehicle was then searched, and authorities found drugs, he said.
The driver of the vehicle, 19-year-old John Taylor, was arrested for felony car theft, Keadle said.
Along with the driver, two passengers were arrested.
A former Craig resident, 22-year-old Stephen Dean, was arrested for a failure-to-appear warrant out of Routt County, Keadle said.
Taylor and Dean are being held at the Routt County Jail.
The other passenger arrested was a juvenile. Authorities found the drug LSD in the boy's possession, Keadle said.
The boy was released to his parents Wednesday afternoon, he said.
Authorities also found 24 packets of cocaine in the vehicle, he said.
Charges for the cocaine found in the vehicle are not being sought against any of the occupants.
"We can't charge anyone, because we don't know who had it," Keadle said.
The two other occupants in the car, a 19-year-old man and a boy, were released, he said.
State troopers were helped at the scene by officers from the Routt County Sheriff's Office and GRAMNET, a local drug task force, he said.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net


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