Suspected drug dealers arrested Friday

Undercover officers, confidential sources lead to 2 local men

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— Two Steamboat Springs men were arrested Friday on suspicion of drug charges after selling marijuana to undercover officers or confidential sources, according to the All Crimes Enforcement Team.

Vincent Richard Agustus Bazile, 22, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of felony charges of distribution of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of minors. Bazile allegedly used an unidentified juvenile to help set up the sale of 2 ounces of marijuana to a confidential source on Oct. 13, 2008, and sold another ounce to an ACET source three days later, according to sworn affidavits.

Scott Baraw, 18, also was arrested Friday morning on an outstanding warrant, on suspicion of felony counts of distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and charges of driving under restraint and minor in possession of alcohol.

Scott Baraw is suspected of selling drugs with his 20-year-old brother, Justin Baraw, who was arrested by ACET on Jan. 29, Task Force Commander Garrett Wiggins said.

The brothers are suspected of selling marijuana together in the Steamboat Springs area, and they sold to uncover operatives together and separately on multiple occasions, Wiggins said.

Justin Baraw was released from Routt County Jail on Feb. 4 on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. He has been charged with a Class 4 felony count of distribution of marijuana. Scott Baraw and Bazile were released Friday afternoon on $10,000 bonds.

ACET came across all three men in the course of its typical investigative work, Wiggins said.

"We're out on our undercover investigations, and we start running into these individuals, and they start offering to sell us drugs," Wiggins said. "That's how these things get going."

Bazile is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1 p.m. Feb. 23.

Scott Baraw has a status conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 25, and his brother Justin Baraw will next appear in court at 2 p.m. March 4.

ACET also served a felony summons on a 14-year-old Steamboat Springs boy on Tuesday.

He is suspected of selling benzylpiperazine to an undercover operative, Wiggins said.

BZP, a Schedule I controlled substance, essentially is "imitation ecstasy" and produces the same effects, Wiggins said.

"We're now seeing (kids) as young as 13, 14 out selling drugs," Wiggins said.

Last month, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Joshua Flaharty, a 21-year-old Hayden man suspected of selling the same substance. Flaharty skipped town before he could be arrested and now is thought to be on the Front Range, Wiggins said.

"At some point in time, he'll mess up and end up in contact with law enforcement," Wiggins said.

Although there are no indications that Flaharty and the juvenile were selling together, they may have the same supplier or be connected in some other way, Wiggins said.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203 or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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