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Drug charges against 2 locals dropped

Gary E. Salazar

— Test results from the state’s crime laboratory of a substance suspected of being heroin came back negative, prompting local prosecutors to dismiss felony drug charges against two Steamboat Springs residents.

Christopher Peter Claps and Ariana Browning were arrested the morning of July 7 at a trailer in the 33900 block of County Road 33.

At the residence, Routt County Sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team found marijuana and a gram of suspected heroin, which was tested at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation’s laboratory.

Because of the results, Claps and Browning pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Claps pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday in Routt County Court and will have to pay a $600 drug surcharge.

Judge James Garrecht also placed the man on one year of supervised probation and ordered he perform 84 hours of community service, which has to be finished by May of next year.

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Claps, who is a contractor, was sentenced to the community service because he will not serve time in jail.

Browning pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana in August.

Browning also served 36 days in jail. During that time, Browning was able to attend and successfully complete a drug program at a rehabilitation center in Montrose.