It’s local cops vs. feds in bust of Aspen’s ‘over-the-hill’ drug gang |

It’s local cops vs. feds in bust of Aspen’s ‘over-the-hill’ drug gang

Nancy Lofholm and Tom McGhee
The Denver Post
Bob Braudis has been the sheriff in Aspen for nearly a quarter of a century; a former Dun and Bradstreet guy who dropped out and moved there to become a ski instructor and moved into law enforcement only to feed his two daughters as a single dad. During his run he became good friends with Hunter S. Thompson. He has been married three times and is currently involved with DeDe Brinkman, a former ski racer at CU. This year he decided not to run again for sheriff, citing the need to get out while there's still more life to be lived outside the office. October 13, 2010. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post

When Montgomery Chitty was arrested during the bust of a senior-citizen cocaine ring in 2011, there were more titters about an “over the hill” drug gang operating in this celebrity-studded, laissez-faire resort town than there was outrage over the smuggling of hundreds of kilos of cocaine.

From the luxury Gucci and Fendi shops in the heart of the town to the murky interior of the iconically funky Woody Creek Tavern up the valley, the fact that there are big lots of drugs being bought, sold and consumed where the world comes to party isn’t much of an eyebrow-raiser.

But Chitty’s prosecution and conviction have raised angst of another sort.

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