Hayden man wanted on marijuana charges turns himself in

Nelson: Liquids found are for dirt bikes

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— Timothy Barrow Nelson, the Hayden man who was wanted on a warrant on suspicion of growing marijuana at his Hayden home, turned himself in to authorities Tuesday and was released on a $2,000 bail.

Nelson, 36, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, a Class 4 felony, possession of drug paraphernalia and having an unaltered dog at large. If convicted, Nelson faces two to six years in jail.

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies raided Nelson's home, in the 14000 block of West U.S. Highway 40 east of Hayden, on May 21, seizing 6 marijuana plants, 62.8 grams (2.2 ounces) of dried marijuana and 10 samples of an unknown liquid found on the property.

Deputies said the liquids were in unmarked glass containers scattered around the property, and they have sent samples to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. In the search warrant, investigators indicated they think there's a possibility the liquids are chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

In a letter to Judge James Garrecht dated May 26, Nelson wrote that the liquids were "homemade berry wine, octane booster, starting fluid and methanol."

"I am an avid dirt bike rider, and these liquids are used as an additive to fuel in most of my bikes, excluding the wine," Nelson wrote.

The results from CBI tests have not returned, Routt County Sheriff's Office evidence supervisor Mellisa Baumgartner said.

Nelson's first scheduled court date is July 14.

Nelson wrote to the judge that he was out of town and would return June 9, but investigators were unable to make contact with him at that time.

Deputies first discovered the marijuana plants when Dep. Shawn Hockaday responded to a complaint about Nelson's dogs running loose near the Hayden power plant. According to the search warrant, Hockaday saw that Nelson's car was at his house but nobody answered the door. When Hockaday walked around the house and looked in a window, he reportedly saw the marijuana plants inside.

Deputies returned to the house three more times, with search warrants, to remove the plants and unknown liquids. Deputies initially took six marijuana plants and left six at the house in the chance that Nelson had a medical marijuana license.

Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Mike Curzon, who is in charge of the case, said last week that during their final search, on May 26, deputies had information that Nelson did not have a medical marijuana license and took the last six plants, along with a computer and some files.

A phone number listed for Nelson's address was out of service Wednesday.

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