That fishy smell |

That fishy smell


A Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy turned onto Swan Mountain Road just after 2 a.m. and found a pick-up truck parked near a popular fishing spot. The deputy shined his spotlight on the truck and, as noted in his report, the cab lights immediately came on as the driver and passenger both opened their doors and exited the truck.The deputy approached to make sure everyone was OK and was surprised when, without prompting, both men said they’d been fishing and would get their fishing licenses to show the deputy. While the men were fishing for their wallets, the deputy asked if the real fishing had been any good. The men pointed to the bed of the truck, and the deputy’s flashlight revealed four rainbow trout lying in the truck. The fishing licenses were valid, but the deputy asked for a picture ID to verify everything. It was at this point, the deputy noted, that in addition to the smell of fish, there was a strong scent of marijuana – probably just the bait, but the deputy investigated anyway.While running the first man’s name through the Big Computer, the deputy learned he had a warrant for his arrest on failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket. The deputy asked this man if there were any drugs in the truck. “Not that I know of, and if there are, they aren’t mine,” he said.Curiously, the second man said the same thing. But when the deputy looked in the truck, he found a glass pipe, a wooden box containing a green leafy substance and a brass pipe. The wanted man went to jail and got a possession of paraphernalia ticket to put in his tackle box, while his friend was released with a ticket for possession of less than an ounce of pot.It’s not wabbit season, it’s BB seasonTwo of the county’s police departments have recently responded to several calls involving young men and BB guns – and not to give them meritorious awards, either.Breckenridge police officers have responded to three complaints about juveniles firing BBs at cars and buildings (not to mention another call about paintball guns). One case (a suspect shooting a dairy truck from his living room) is still under investigation; another (five males shooting out lights from their Beaver Run balcony) led to tickets for criminal mischief, underage drinking, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.In Silverthorne, officers removed three young men from their car at gunpoint after witnesses reported them driving around brandishing a gun. When officers searched the car, they found six pellet guns, knives, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, beer and booze (anyone notice a pattern here?). Two of the men were ticketed and one went to jail for possession of a concealed weapon. But at least nobody’s eyes got shot out.

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