What does a dog named Nuzzy have to do with the arrests of Bryan Carver and Michael Byrd on a potpourri of charges involving drugs and weapon possession by previous offenders?
The answer has to do with Nuzzy's collar -- after which Carver and Byrd were the ones getting collared. Details in probable cause statements on view below.
This past December 19, according to the statement associated with Carver, parole officers were conducting a surveillance operation at 226 South Stuart Street.
The GPS Carver had been ordered to wear showed he was inside the residence, but they soon came up with incontrovertible evidence that he wasn't.
The clue? They saw him drive up and go inside.
At that point, the parole officers knocked on the front door of the house and saw what's described as a juvenile female look out the window -- strike two against Carver, since, as a convicted sex offender, he was under orders not to be in such close proximity to any young girls whatsoever.
As for strike three, it had to do with Carver's exit strategy: He and Byrd, another man with a felony conviction in his past, tried to flee out the back of the house.
No wonder, since a search of the property turned up a number of things that neither man was supposed to have in his possession -- such as a shitload of guns, plus meth and crack cocaine. The latter was found near a Ruger .380 semi-automatic handgun...and paperwork for Byrd's bond.
Oh yeah: Carver's GPS was found attached to the collar on Nuzzy, described as "his little dog."
Continue for more about the arrests of Bryan Carver and Michael Byrd, including booking photos and probable cause statements. Now, of course, it's Carver and Byrd who are in the doghouse. The Denver District Attorney's Office has hit the former with possession and possession-with-intent-to-distribute charges related to cocaine and meth, as well as a hefty 28 counts of weapon possession by a previous offender. Byrd, for his part, is staring down the barrels of two weapon-possession-by-a-previous-offender beefs and a cocaine possession allegation. They remain in custody at this writing, with an initial court date slated for February 7.
Meanwhile, Nuzzy is no longer being monitored by the Department of Corrections. Bet he's relieved.
Here are booking photos for Carver and Byrd, followed by charging documents and probable cause statements in the name of each.
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