ID-theft added to meth bust

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— Police suspect two people arrested Sunday on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine also were involved in dozens of identity-theft cases.

Jamison Fjoser, 30, and Bryanna Mitts, 19, both of Denver, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of the manufacturing, distribution, possession and use of methamphetamine.

Along with finding 11 grams of crystal meth, two syringes of liquid meth and leftover chemicals typically used in making meth in Fjoser's vehicle, the Steamboat Springs police found dozens of driver's licenses, ATM cards, signed checks, birth certificates and receipts from other people's credit cards. None of the dozens of documents used the names of the two suspects or their relatives, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Police suspect Fjoser and Mitts were operating an extensive identity theft operation.

The police also confiscated a laptop, scanner and lamination equipment that could be used to make fake identification.

The dozens of fake or stolen documents found used the names of victims who mostly were from the Denver area, Rae said. He thinks the two could have stolen checks from mailboxes, as well.

The two now may face additional charges of criminal possession of a forgery device, unlawful possession of personal ID documents and forgery.

Fjoser also has numerous warrants out for his arrest in Jefferson and Arapahoe counties, and the city of Arvada, for charges related to the possession, distribution and manufacturing of Schedule 1 and 2drugs. Methamphetamine is a Schedule 2 drug; Schedule 1 drugs include hallucinogenics and heroine.

On Monday, Judge James Garrecht set Fjoser and Mitts' bond at $50,000 each. The two remain at the Routt County Jail. Fjoser also has $56,000 worth of warrants from other places in Colorado.

The District Attorney's Office is waiting for police to finish their investigation before filing charges, Rae said. The DA's Office has 72 hours to file charges.

Police are investigating whether the two were tied to a larger crime ring. Fjoser and Mitts were on their way to Hayden to visit friends, Rae said.

The arrests came after officer Gerard Geis stopped Fjoser, who was driving a 1995 black Ford Bronco with two different license plates. A search of the vehicle uncovered various chemicals and other substances and tools commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Because of the highly toxic and explosive chemicals used to manufacture meth, officers had to wear hazardous-material suits during their investigation. The traffic stop and the arrests happened on the east end of town, in front of a gas and convenience store.

Fjoser was arrested on suspicion of 12 charges: the possession of more than a gram of a Schedule 2 substance, the possession of a Schedule 2 substance with intent to distribute, the manufacturing of a Schedule 2 substance, the unlawful use of a Schedule 2 substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under a suspended license, failing to signal, criminal possession of a forgery device, unlawful possession of personal ID documents, forgery, false reporting and display of fictitious licenses.

Mitts was arrested on suspicion of the same charges, with the exception of the vehicular offenses.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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