Denver man arrested on felony marijuana charges
December 9, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A 29-year-old Denver man was arrested on four felonies Thursday night after a traffic stop in the 3200 block of South Lincoln Avenue.
According to an affidavit filed with Routt County Court, officers searched the car after they smelled marijuana. Less than two ounces of marijuana was found in Illes Varga's car, along with drug paraphernalia. Officers also found two pills later identified as Provigil that the officers did not think was prescribed to Varga. There was $769 in cash seized along with a scale as evidence of distribution.
Varga told police he had a medical marijuana card but did not have the paperwork with him.
Once taken to Routt County Jail, police say Varga resisted during a search and swallowed an item that he took from a sock.
According to the affidavit, jailers retrieved a large nugget of marijuana from a toilet bowl in a cell next to where Varga was being held. Due to faulty plumbing, jailers said items flushed down the toilet in Varga's cell occasionally would come up through the toilet in the neighboring cell.
Varga was arrested on suspicion of possession of Schedule 4 narcotics, unlawful distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Once taken to the jail, the man also was arrested on suspicion of introduction of contraband and tampering with evidence.