A Front Range man was arrested after being seen walking in the Aspen roundabout at 3 a.m. on Saturday night and then trying to kick away a bag of cocaine before he entered a sheriff’s vehicle.
Stefan Latzko, 32, of Golden, Colo. was also found to have ketamine in his possession, according to Sgt. Chip Seamans of the Aspen Police Department.
Police werecalled to the Aspen roundabout by a sheriff’s deputy on Saturday night who observed “some suspicious behavior” from two men, including Latzko, walking in the vicinity of the roundabout.
Latzko was arrested April 14 and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
According to Seamans, officer Jeremy Johnson responded to the initial call for assistance made by Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Voss.
Voss was offering the two men a ride after seeing them walking in the roundabout’s traffic lanes. As Latzko started to get into the deputy’s patrol car, “Johnson noticed him drop an object and kick it under the vehicle. [The officer] got out, took a closer look and saw it was a white powdery substance,” according to Seamans.
The officer asked Latzko what was in the bag, to which he replied, “probably cocaine,” according to police. A subsequent test came back positive for cocaine, Seamans said.
In the evidence room, bags of what are believed to be ketamine, a drug used in anesthesia and pain relief, were recovered from the accused, according to Seamans. Both cocaine and ketamine are schedule II substances.
Latzko was held on a $5,000 bond and later released. A court date has not been set.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the men had ended up in the Aspen roundabout in the wee hours of Sunday morning but apparently it isn’t unusual.
“We find people out there all the time,” Seamans said.