A man who accidentally left his wallet at City Market was arrested Thursday after store employees discovered a small bag of cocaine inside of it.

Aspen resident James H. Graham, 23, whose driver’s license lists a Connecticut address, was arrested by Aspen police after he went to police headquarters to retrieve the wallet. He was released from Pitkin County Jail after posting $2,500 bond, and now faces one count of possession of cocaine, a Class 4 drug felony.

According to the arrest affidavit, officer Marcin Debski went to the grocery store at 2:45 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a wallet that contained drugs.

Debski took the wallet back to APD headquarters and passed it along to Sgt. Rob Fabrocini, who asked another officer to test the “white powdery substance” that was visible inside a small plastic bag. The substance “tested presumptively positive for cocaine,” the affidavit says. Together, the bag and the drug reportedly weighed 5.1 grams.

Later in the afternoon, Graham went to the police station to retrieve the wallet. Fabrocini and another officer asked Graham if he’d be willing to discuss the wallet, the affidavit states.

“Graham voluntarily stated, ‘I bet I know what you want to talk to me about.’ Sgt. Fabrocini said, ‘What?’ and Graham responded, ‘The drugs in my wallet,’” the report says.

The report adds that Graham was cooperative and admitted that he knew the drugs consisted of cocaine. However, he “refused to tell us who or where he got the cocaine from,” Fabrocini’s affidavit concludes.

Under Colorado law, a Class 4 drug felony involving cocaine is considered simple possession, punishable by up to 1 year in jail along with a wide-ranging fine.

Police records available to the media did not list Graham’s phone or email contact information.

Andre is a reporter for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at andre@aspendailynews.com.

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