Saturday, November 26, 2005
Two Wheat Ridge men were arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of possessing more than seven illicit drugs, including marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and several prescription drugs.
Jon Atencio, 32, and Kyle Fredin, 22, were charged with possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance, possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Atencio could face additional charges because police suspect he was in possession of the prescription drugs.
The roommates were contacted by Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Nick Bosick at about 1:20 a.m. after Bosick became suspicious because the Honda Civic they were in had not moved from its location at Second and Pine streets for several hours.
When Bosick approached the car, he found the men asleep. While he was talking to the men and warning them that it is illegal to sleep overnight in a car, Bosick said he noticed a small, suspicious jar on the car's middle console.
Bosick, thinking the jar might have contained psilocybin mushrooms, asked the men what was in it. Both men denied knowing what Bosick was talking about.
Bosick said he continued to question the men until they said the jar was full of marijuana.
Bosick then searched the car and found two containers of marijuana; an 1/8 ounce of psilocybin mushrooms, a Schedule 1 controlled substance; several Schedule 2 through Schedule 5 prescription medications, including seven 5-miligram Oxycodone pills, two 5-mg Hydrocodone pills, one 1-mg Lorazipan pill, two 5-mg Diazepan pills, 14 2-mg Lorazipan pills and six pills that neither Bosick nor poison control officials could identify.
"It's kind of comical that (Atencio) covered the entire drug-schedule statute," Bosick said. "It was very interesting."
Bosick said Atencio took responsibility for the prescription drugs and one of the containers of marijuana. Fredin took responsibility for the other container of marijuana. Each man said the mushrooms belonged to the other, Bosick said, which is why both were taken to Routt County Jail on suspicion of mushroom possession. Bosick said Atencio could face additional charges for possession of the Schedule 2 through Schedule 5 controlled substances.
Bosick said he didn't think the men were selling the drugs.
Atencio reportedly had suffered a snowboarding injury several years ago, but he did not have insurance. Instead, he go the drugs illegally from a friend, Bosick said.
Both men were cooperative and were taken to Routt County Jail, where each is being held on a $20,000 bond. The men will have their advisements with Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Monday.
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