ACET arrests Craig man
Bryan Koppe in custody on suspicion of intent to distribute
July 30, 2010
The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in Craig on suspicion of intent to distribute.
Bryan Keith Koppe was arrested at about 3 p.m. while doing business at a bank.
His arrest, ACET reported in a news release, was the product of a joint investigation between the task force and the United States Postal Service.
ACET obtained three search warrants for the Koppe investigation. Law enforcement searched his apartment in the 400 block of Tucker Street, a neighboring apartment and a vehicle belonging to a neighbor.
ACET commander Garrett Wiggins said task force personnel found 307 grams of a substance that a field test later confirmed was methamphetamine, and more than 250 grams of another substance believed to be a diluting agent.
Koppe was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to distribute.
The tenant of the neighboring apartment has not been charged, although Wiggins said charges could be filed at a later date.
The seized substances are being sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. Based on the results, additional or modified charges could be filed, ACET reported.
If the CBI confirms the 307 grams are methamphetamine, they would have a street value of approximately $30,000 to $37,000, ACET reported.
Wiggins limited comments on the postal service's involvement in the investigation. He said only that postal employees noticed packages "of a very suspicious nature" connected to Koppe.
This year, ACET has worked 18 investigations that have included 27 suspects, primarily in Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Wiggins said.
The task force has seized drugs — methamphetamine, cocaine and pills, among others — that have a street value of approximately $48,000 to $50,000, he said. The task force entails Wiggins, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, an officer from the Craig Police Department and a deputy from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.