Silverio Nuanez, neighbor from hell: DA files suit against owner of meth "flop house"
So you think your neighbor's a pain in the ass? If the portrait of 74-year-old Silverio Nuanez painted in a complaint filed against him by the Boulder DA's office is accurate, he's allowed his abode to deteriorate into such a hellhole that even the church across the street wants something to be done about him.
The claims against Nuanez in the document, shared below, include rampant meth use, a stunning number of police calls and SWAT team raids, bad behavior in mass and more. Here are the details.
Nuanez lives at 330 Collyer Street in Longmont, and as captured in the following interactive graphic (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), the place looks nice enough:
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Despite its modest size, though, the house apparently has had lots of people living in it over time, with an incident in December apparently snapping the last straw. As reported by the Longmont Times Call, a 5:15 a.m. raid turned up thirteen residents, including an infant, with conditions described as "squalid."
Who were these people? Well, the search warrant in the case features a neighbor describing "an endless stream of addicts banging on the doors...at all times of the day and night." And in 2012, Nuanez, who's listed as the property's owner along with his wife, who passed away in 2009, told police he was a meth user who let others with the habit stay there because he enjoys their company.
The complaint alleges something more, however. An excerpt reads: "Mr. Nuanez has stated to associates that he has been trading narcotics for rent at his house, thus allowing his home to become a 'flop house' for methamphetamine users."
No wonder police officers are so familiar with Chez Nuanez. The document counts 114 calls for service since January 2008, with a wide variety of complaints represented. They include (deep breath):
Criminal mischief; civil problems; parking complaints; disturbances; drunk subjects; noise complaints; loose dog; warrant arrests for wanted parties; domestic disturbance; narcotics complaints; theft; restraining order violations; trespass; harassment; summons issued; unwanted parties; assault; loitering; and suspicious persons/activities.
And that's not to mention the assorted SWAT team raids, outlined in the complaint like so:
• In August, 2011, two people were reportedly arrested and two bags of meth were found, along with drug paraphernalia.
• In October 2012, three people were arrested, and five bags of meth were discovered.
• In the aforementioned December 2013 raid, five people were arrested, but no drugs were found, apparently because residents were able to flush their stashes down the toilet before cops entered. But drug paraphernalia and a stolen bicycle were located, as was an infestation of bed bugs -- only one reason the four month old living there was turned over to social services.
All of this activity frustrates those living near Nuanez, as well as the staff and congregation of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, directly across the street.
The complaint says that in response to the activities at the Nuanez place, St. John's has had to hire a security guard to patrol the property -- and that individual "routinely encounters individuals trespassing on the grounds, using narcotics they purchased across the street, acting in highly unusal manners and cleaning up drug paraphernalia," including broken meth pipes and syringes.
Some members of the parish have apparently considered switching to another church because of issues like panhandlers described as aggressive and foulmouthed. Additionally, St. John's had to take out a restraining order on one person associated with the house. His alleged behavior included:
Drinking all the wine at communion, laughing out loud at inappropriate times, climbing over the pews during Mass, wearing a dark hoodie covering his head (which is considered disrespectful during Mass), and eating donuts and drinking coffee in and out during Mass. On one occasion, he stood up during a Mass making shooting gestures, at which time the Church's Liturgy Director called the police.
The assorted factors ultimately convinced the Boulder County District Attorney's Office to file a complaint against Nuanez asking that the home be declared a public nuisance -- an action that could lead to it being seized and closed. After that, authorities are asking for a "permanent order of abatement limiting occupancy of the property to Silverio Nuanez, one adult blood relative, and any related minor children under the age of 11, at any given time."
In other words, they want the party to be over. Here's a larger look at Nuanez's mug shot, followed by the complaint. Note that his first name in the document is spelled "Silvario;" however, the DA's office informs us this is an error, and "Silverio" is the proper spelling.
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa August 2013: "Meth ring roundup: See photos of those busted in Operation Bad Nickname."
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