ACET nabs two Craig residents

Task force seizes alleged methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia


— Several months of investigations led to the arrests of two Craig residents suspected of drug-related crimes, the All Crimes Enforcement Team, reported Tuesday.

Assisted by the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, ACET conducted a search warrant Monday in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue West in Craig. Residents Sharyn Sanborn, 46, and Randy Cushman, 40, were arrested at the address.

Authorities seized small quantities of what is believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, ACET reported.

Sanborn was arrested on suspicion of distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, or methamphetamine. Cushman was arrested on suspicion of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance.

Both Sanborn and Cushman have criminal backgrounds, Moffat County court clerks said.

Sanborn has previous convictions for possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance more than 1 gram and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance for one gram or less. She also faces a charge of theft between $500 and $15,000 and is scheduled for trial in February.

Cushman has three convictions for driving under suspension and a disorderly conduct conviction.

Monday marks the second time in two months ACET has conducted drug-related search warrants and arrested suspects. In October, the task force conducted three search warrants in Craig and arrested five suspects on suspicion of cultivating and distributing marijuana.

Wiggins credits the arrests to a collaborative effort among law enforcement agencies.

"These arrests are the result of a lot of different investigations," he said, "and there's going to be more to come."

ACET, formerly known as the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team, had been atypically quiet for several months while it restructured the organization following a decision by Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall to withdraw funding.

Despite having a smaller staff than previous years, Wiggins said the task force is "up and running." Methamphetamine, the task force commander said, remains a top concern for law enforcement.

"It's still a major problem," Wiggins said. "It's something we don't need to give up on, and need to stay on top of. : We're not ever going to eradicate the problem, but we can put a pretty good dent in it."


justathought 9 years, 5 months ago

At least they are doing law enforcement work, they aren't running around Utah, wrecking county owned vehicles on the taxpayers dime, nor are they attending parties, drinking and driving county owned vehicles on the taxpayers dime. If you must complain then complain about that. Is Wall able to "run a radar gun on US 40 or answer domestic dispute calls", I think not, not without being p.o.s.t. certified, now that's priceless.


id04sp 9 years, 5 months ago

Several months of investigation. Full salaries for ACET cowboys at taxpayer expense, plus their retirement checks from other agencies.

Two suspects. Lots better than no suspects at all. Twice as good as only one suspect.

Small quantities of meth and paraphernalia. Well, at least it's something.

Not having to run a radar gun on US 40 or answer domestic dispute calls? Priceless.


id04sp 9 years, 5 months ago

The jury is still out on Sheriff Wall.

Tell me honestly that ACET couldn't net more drugs by stopping speeders and defective vehicles in Moffat County. Wouldn't the address on the drivers license be a big "clue" for where they might find more?

I cannot believe that Warner staffed GRAMNET and let Routt County go without a patrol officer in the middle of the night. That sounds an awful lot like somebody was keeping the road open for trafficking.


id04sp 9 years, 5 months ago


The "presumption of good faith" often fails us in practice.


id04sp 9 years, 5 months ago

More than you'd think, natv63. Sense + experience = wisdom.

At what age did you discover that the police are not really there to help you? It was 44 for me. They've turned out to be pretty much useless in Steamboat and Routt County, and in fact, have been responsible for injury to innocent people close to me through negligence.

There was a time several years ago when I was in the bail bond business. That's why I know things about the ways the cops work that other people don't know. I worked in Denver, Routt County and Moffat County at various times. If you sat down at the jail and learned which vehicles belong to the bail bondsmen doing business in Routt County, you could easily figure out how many people are being hauled in. Judging from the number of times I was callled out late at night to write bonds for people caught with drugs, most of whom got stopped for speeding on US 40 between Steamboat and Craig, ACET could make a huge impact on trafficking just by stopping speeders, etc., and then following up on the ones caught with drugs. How hard could that be? Even if the cops cannot get a warrant to search a residence based on finding drugs in a car, they could certainly develop a list of names and addresses of people to keep an eye on. Doesn't it make sense that people caught in possession of drugs must be getting them SOMEWHERE?

ACET found a small amount of meth based on a two month investigation. Holy $hi+! What a total waste of time and money. I could probably do that in about two days of walking around asking people where to go to buy meth.

I'll reserve my praise for ACET for the day they have a drug dog that pops positive on a vehicle driven by some of our local big wigs. Ever wonder why we DO NOT have a drug dog working in Routt County? BECAUSE IT MIGHT FIND SOMETHING!


1234 9 years, 5 months ago

boy oh boy, ido4sp, sometimes, it seems you talk from both ends!


Ms_E_Bronte 9 years, 5 months ago

id04sp - why not volunteer your services to ACET and help them out if you're so sure you could do a better job. This is not meant to be sarcastic. I personally don't care how much meth was found...I care that at least these people will be off the streets using/selling it or whatever, even if only for a few days. Maybe they'll turn on their supplier.....I've seen what this drug does to people who use it...keep chipping away, ACET.


id04sp 9 years, 5 months ago


In other places, in other times, criminals such as Al Capone operated with impunity because of bribes paid to local police. They only arrested the bootleggers who refused to pay up.

We seem to have a lot of drugs in this area, but not so many arrests. The only people who get caught are small-time traffickers like these two guys, and the ones who get nabbed during traffic stops.

The last time we had a "major" drug arrest was when a GRAMNET officer retaliated against a judge by arresting his girlfriend for conspiracy to traffick in cocaine.

Maybe the reason why ACET doesn't make more and bigger arrests is that they only go after the the small-timers. That would explain a lot, wouldn't it?


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