Task force nabs alleged dealer
SILVERTHORNE – Pure chance.
That’s what Silverthorne police administrative assistant Wanda Kiewiet called the circumstances behind the arrest of a Wheat Ridge man on various drug charges Aug. 23.
Summit County Drug Task Force members and a Silverthorne police officer arrested Michael Sean Thornton, 33, charging him with possession and distribution of methamphetamine and cocaine, possession of a dangerous weapon by a previous offender and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In the vehicle, officers found about 3.2 ounces of suspected methamphetamine, 2.7 ounces of cocaine, three knives, one fully loaded handgun and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.
According to police reports, two Summit County Drug Task Force members were trying to find an air pump to fill up their vehicle’s tire. The pump at the Dillon Ridge gas station near Gart Sports was broken, so they headed to the Texaco gas station in Silverthorne.
That’s where a man approached them, asking if one of them was “Brian.”
The man returned to his vehicle, then began walking quickly throughout the parking area as if looking for someone in particular, the report reads.
A woman in the car, later identified as Suzanna Marie Daly, 30, of Golden, appeared visibly nervous, “displaying fidgety behavior with her hands.”
Thornton and Daly began to drive into the Wendy’s parking lot, all the time appearing to look for someone, the report reads. The two eventually stopped in the Diamond Shamrock parking lot, then left, at which point the Silverthorne office pulled them over.
Neither Daly or Thornton had identification with them, and neither could provide registration or insurance on the vehicle, which belonged to a third party.
Officers asked Daly if she wanted to take her backpack before the vehicle was towed. After consenting to a search, police found drug paraphernalia in her pack. Based on that, they searched the car and found the drugs, weapons and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.
Thornton has a history of felony convictions, including numerous drug charges, a larceny charge and a first-degree homicide charge out of Boulder County that was dismissed in 1991.
Thornton was released Monday after posting a $25,000 bond. Daly was released; no charges are pending against her at this time.
“It was a total chance meeting,” Kiewiet said of the arrest. “If that air thing hadn’t been broken over at Gart Sports, they wouldn’t have contacted these two.”
Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or email@example.com.
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