Man arrested on drug charges

Local carpenter allegedly growing marijuana in home

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— A 37-year-old Steamboat Springs man's failure to show up in court for an animal citation led to his arrest early Sunday morning on alleged felony drug charges.

On Tuesday, Curt William Schultz was charged by Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James with possession of a controlled substance, a class three felony, and cultivating marijuana, a class four felony.

The charges stem from Sunday morning when Steamboat Springs Police officers went to Schultz's home in the 100 block of Missouri Avenue to arrest him for not appearing in court.

According to court documents, Schultz allegedly did not show up for court in February for a dog-at-large citation, and an arrest warrant was issued.

When officers went to his residence they allegedly found a "hydroponic operation" to grow marijuana inside the home. Officers also allegedly found dried mushrooms in Schultz's garage.

Officers found the alleged grow operation when they saw two marijuana plants on the floor near the doorway of the home.

Agents from the Grant, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team responded to the residence and conducted a complete search of the home.

During the search, authorities allegedly found marijuana plants growing in a brown tub filled with water.

Sheets of foil were found hanging from the ceiling above the brown tub, court records show.

Schultz admitted to police he was trying to grow marijuana, but he "had no intention of selling or making money off of it," records show. He also allegedly told police he started the grow operation about six months ago.

Schultz was advised of the charges Monday morning, and his bail was set at $20,000. Schultz, who is a carpenter, posted the amount later Monday. His next court appearance is in June.

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