Wednesday, February 2, 2005
A suspected methamphetamine distributor appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court.
Randy Douglas Cushman, 37, of Craig, appeared in court Wednesday to request a preliminary hearing, which was set for Feb. 17. Cushman is charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.
On Oct. 26, Cushman was arrested with Barbara Jo Moss, 48, of Montrose, after the Colorado State Patrol stopped the two on U.S. Highway 40. Both were charged with possession of meth, possession of meth with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moss, who was driving the vehicle at the time, also was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic infractions.
Last month, Moss appeared in District Court. There, seven of the charges against her were dropped and she pleaded guilty to possession of less than 1 gram of a Schedule 2 substance. Moss also agreed to provide a written statement that could be used in court for Cushman's trial.
State Patrol troopers said they found two small bags of methamphetamine weighing less than 1 ounce and a methamphetamine pipe in the vehicle. The State Patrol also reportedly discovered a grocery bag full of Sudafed pills, a common ingredient in meth production. The troopers became suspicious when they found an empty suitcase with white residue and a closed black duffel bag, often referred to as the "death bag" in meth production.
The findings prompted the troopers to ask for a hazardous materials crew, suspecting the vehicle was part of a mobile meth lab. The HAZ-MAT crew did not find any active chemicals in the vehicle.
Also in court Wednesday were two men who were charged for fighting in a downtown Steamboat bar. One of the men, 48-year-old Dan Whitehead, sustained serious head injuries and was flown to a Denver hospital in critical condition.
The other man, Adam Heinke, 24, was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Both cases were continued until next week. Heinke applied for a public defender and was hesitant to take the District Attorney's plea offer without knowing the cost of restitution in the case.
Because of Whitehead's serious injuries and his lengthy hospital stay, Routt County Judge James Garrecht said the restitution costs could be as high as $200,000.
"It's a reasonable offer as long as the restitution isn't going to kill you," Garrecht told Heinke.
Also Wednesday, a 22-year-old man charged with growing 14 marijuana plants in his apartment at Walton Pond Apartments had his case bound over to District Court. Ryan William Wheaton is scheduled to appear in District Court on Feb. 15.
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