Hans Cartin remains in custody

Investigator: Additional charges likely for Steamboat Springs man

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Hans Conrad Cartin

A Steamboat Springs man arrested last week on felony drug and weapons charges remained in custody Tuesday at Routt County Jail, in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Hans Conrad Cartin, 33, was arrested Friday on suspicion of committing a number of felonies, including two Class 5 counts of possessing a dangerous weapon; a Class 2 felony as a special offender; a Class 3 count of unlawful distribution of a Schedule II controlled substance; two Class 5 counts of possession of weapons by a previous offender; two Class 6 counts of possession of weapons by a previous offender; and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.

A 10-man team, including members of the Routt County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, executed a search and arrest warrant Friday afternoon at a house in the 30000 block of Routt County Road 14C, where Cartin was arrested without incident. The subsequent search turned up more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and weapons including three illegally altered rifles and a .45-caliber handgun.

Some of the rifles recovered had been altered from semi-automatic to fully automatic, and none of the weapons had federally required serial numbers.

The methamphetamine recovered during Friday's raid has an estimated street value of $6,444, according to sworn affidavits. Cartin told officers at the time of his arrest that the drugs were for his own personal use, the affidavits state.

Sheriff's Office deputies also recovered a number of items indicating Cartin intended to distribute illegal drugs, including small plastic jewelers bags commonly used for packaging drugs and equipment used to reproduce glass smoking pipes, according to sworn affidavits.

Cartin has a prior felony drug conviction from California and told investigators that he served 46 days in jail for transporting marijuana across state lines, according to sworn affidavits.

Cartin's arrest stemmed from a Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation into the theft of flat-screen television. Police asked the Sheriff's Office to execute the warrants in connection with the theft because the people under investigation lived outside city limits. Sheriff's Office deputies recovered the stolen television at the house where they arrested Cartin.

Cartin likely will face additional charges, Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said Tuesday. He has yet to be charged for receiving stolen property and may face federal charges after further investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Klinger said. ATF investigators will take a look at the weapons next week.

Cartin is due to appear in Routt County Court at 2 p.m. Jan. 7.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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