Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Steamboat Springs A 20-year-old faces a felony possession and distribution charge related to 5.8 ounces of marijuana that police said they found in his car early Monday.
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers contacted Ritch Sterling Carr because it looked suspicious that his car was parked in an empty Colorado Mountain College parking lot at about 2 a.m.
According to an affidavit filed with the Routt County Court, Carr told police that he and three others were in the 2011 Nissan Xterra because he wanted to watch a movie on the car’s console and that he did not have a television in his room.
Police reported smelling marijuana and thought Carr was under the influence, the affidavit states. Police told Carr they were going to search the car and asked Carr whether there was any marijuana in the car. Carr told police there wasn’t, the affidavit states.
Items found during a search of the car included 5.8 ounces of marijuana in various containers, a bong, three blunts, a grinder, two scales, a bottle of liquor and nine empty jars.
According to the affidavit, when Carr was asked who the marijuana belonged to, he said “I guess I’ll take the blame for it. It’s mine.”
Carr was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession with intent to distribute, a Class 4 felony. He also was arrested for misdemeanor possession of less than six ounces of marijuana and driving under the influence of drugs.
Carr posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail. He is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17.