A Pitkin County man turned himself in Monday after deputies carrying out a search warrant at his house in August allegedly found 12 pounds of marijuana, cannabis concentrate and manufacturing equipment.
Richard Fanguy, a Crystal River Valley resident, faces felony charges of processing or manufacturing marijuana; marijuana distribution; possession with intent to manufacture or distribute marijuana; marijuana cultivation; and two counts of child abuse for allegedly having his daughter in his home with the cannabis operation.
Fanguy did not have a state license for the marijuana-related activities, said Investigator Bruce Benjamin of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
He said the search warrant, and his reason for seeking it, are sealed by a court order.
But according to Benjamin’s statement of facts, Fanguy told him on Aug. 27, when the search warrant was executed, that it was either his ex-wife or former father-in-law who turned him into police.
“He added that he does not sell to anyone in the Carbondale area, and we would never be able to find anyone around here who has made a purchase from him because he doesn’t sell the stuff around here,” Benjamin wrote.
Fanguy also allegedly said that his 5-year-old child had visited his home occasionally.
In the basement of his home, deputies allegedly found two rooms that had large beds of dirt and watering, lighting and ventilation systems for 104 plants, most of which Fanguy allegedly admitted to harvesting shortly before the search warrant was carried out. A shed on the property contained various manufacturing components for cannabis concentrates, Benjamin wrote.
On Monday, his attorney, Lauren Maytin of Aspen, waived advisement of the charges. Fanguy’s next court date is Nov. 16.
Man allegedly tells police ‘of course’ he had cocaine in nose
In other court news, a Snowmass Village man was arrested after police allegedly heard him using a credit card to arrange a line of cocaine across the street from Little Annie’s Eating House early Monday.
Eliphalet Ford, 34, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
Aspen police officer Andrew Atkinson wrote in an arrest affidavit that he and another officer were on foot patrol around 2 a.m. when he saw two people sitting on a stone bench.
“I could hear what sounded like a plastic card striking the stone surface of the bench,” Atkinson wrote.
When approached, Ford said they had been smoking a cigarette, but Atkinson wrote that he could see him crumpling a $10 bill that had been rolled up. The officer also allegedly saw a line of cocaine on the bench next to him.
Asked what the substance was, Ford swept it off the bench, the affidavit says. He was placed in handcuffs, and Atkinson wrote that he shined his flashlight up Ford’s nose.
“I said that he had what I believed to be cocaine up his nose, and he said, ‘Of course I have cocaine up my nose. It’s Aspen!’” the affidavit says.
Ford was also holding a bindle with more of the drug, and refused to comply with officers’ orders to release it, leading to the resisting arrest misdemeanor.
The woman with him said she was not partaking and was not arrested.
Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County District Court granted his request for a personal-recognizance bond, and Ford is due back in court Oct. 19.