2 arrested on drug charges


Two men were arrested on suspicion of drug possession Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 40 near Rabbit Ears Pass.

Donald Groth, 32, of Steamboat Springs, and Rocky Lopez, 44, of Craig, were arrested by the Colorado State Patrol on suspicion of possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms, less than 1 ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The two men were driving east on U.S. Highway 40 between mile markers 137 and 138 when troopers pulled them over for not having a front license plate, Trooper Brett Hilling said.

Troopers became suspicious when Groth and Lopez appeared to be trying to hide something in the car.

"As they were pulling over, we saw them bending forward and leaning down, and their hands were disappearing, which always makes me nervous," Hilling said.

Troopers searched the front of the car and found marijuana under the front passenger seat. They then searched the rest of the vehicle and found two packages of mushrooms in bags in the trunk along with more packages of marijuana, Hilling said. Groth and Lopez claimed ownership of the bags, he said.

"We asked them, 'Is this yours?' and they said, 'Yeah, that's mine,'" Hilling said.

Possession of illegal mushrooms is a Class 3 felony, which can carry a penalty of four to 12 years in prison. Groth and Lopez were released from the Routt County Jail on Tuesday, each on $20,000 bail.

-- To reach Kristin Bjornsen, call 879-1502


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