Steamboat Springs man suspected of dealing cocaine

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Routt County Sheriff's Office/courtesy

Anthony P. Tate III

— A 57-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Anthony P. Tate III was being held at Routt County Jail, and his bond was set at $50,000.

According to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court, the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force began investigating Tate after learning someone tried to ship 4.5 ounces of cocaine and 11.8 grams of marijuana via FedEx from the Steamboat PostNet. ACET identified Tate as a suspect and obtained a search warrant for his home. During the search of his home Wednesday, police found 160 grams of cocaine, according to the affidavit. Police said the drugs were found in a coffee thermos underneath bedding in Tate’s bedroom closet.

“This amount of cocaine is generally indicative of distribution amounts and not drug user amounts,” the affidavit states.

Police also reported finding $950 in cash and a large digital scale with cocaine residue on top.

“Additional charges are pending in regards to the original investigation of the attempted shipment of marijuana and cocaine from PostNet,” the affidavit states.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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