In July, we published an item headlined "Jeffrey Johnston, veteran Littleton cop -- and ecstasy dealer on the side?" The answer to that question is "yes." And the person confirming it is Johnston himself. The now-former officer has pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to his bust earlier this ... More >>
Back in the bad old days, when snorting cocaine was seen as a symbol of sophistication and cool, as opposed to indicating throwback sleaziness, the act of getting a line from that powdery, scratched up mirror to your nostril was often described as "Hoovering" -- as in, "Did you see Chad Hoovering up ... More >>
And you thought you had a crazy year. Getting jiggy with a student at a Baptist school, driving a scooter without a license in Miami, possessing four grams of cocaine in Aspen, threatening to shoot out a Best Buy in Aurora over a video game and literally getting shit on in Boulder -- these are all s ... More >>
Brooke Mueller.It can't have been easy to be married to Charlie Sheen: Tiger Blood just isn't the basis for a happy union. But that doesn't excuse Brooke Mueller for her #winning cocaine arrest last weekend near the Belly Up in Aspen -- the scene of another Shmucky episode just two week ago - ... More >>
Big pic below.Decorative Concrete Finishes' Anthony Harvey is the star and narrator of videos on his YouTube channel in which he and his crew reveal how an average backyard can be transformed into a showplace; see examples below. However, his current spotlight time doesn't focus on his skills ... More >>
If you look at both Insane Clown Posse (due at the Ogden on September 29) and Odd Future (due in Denver/Boulder next month), you could easily mistake them for being on the same label. Besides the face paint, they have so much else in common: Both groups are loved/hated and take their lyrics a ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
A Flickr photoYesterday, the U.S. Attorneys Office announced the latest busts in its Operation Cripsland campaign -- eight arrests on weapon and drug charges to supplement a roundup of nine others last year. As a bonus, the feds include the nicknames of the men snagged, including Rock, Lil Wa ... More >>
Stan Garnett.Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who's challenging John Suthers for the job of Colorado Attorney General, was able to burnish his law-and-order credentials today via the actions of a grand jury, which just handed down a 127-count, seventeen-person indictment aimed at a Lon ... More >>
Daniel Lehman allegedly had pot -- and a lot more.Last week in Commerce City, cops investigating a home invasion found a marijuana grow and prepackaged weed ready for sale at dispensaries, along with cocaine and heroin. "There's an increase in drug dealers trying to legitimize their trade by ... More >>
Cops found marijuana -- and a whole lot more -- in Adrienne Bayless's house.Yesterday, members of the Commerce City Police Department stumbled on a home invasion at the 10779 Akron Street residence of Adrienne Bayless. But while their arrival caused the four invaders to flee (they were later ... More >>
A Flickr photoThat ain't baby laxative.So... you and your pals are slinging marijuana and cocaine, and you're scheduled to make an exchange with a buyer. What do you bring with you? The product? Check. A gun? Check. Anything else? Oh yeah: A fourteen-month-old girl. That's the allegation ma ... More >>
Darren Garcia reportedly had a three-letter secret he didn't share with his customers.It's my understanding, reached via careful research conducted in the name of journalism, that some prostitutes have specialties beyond the old in-n-out. But if the Denver District Attorney's Office is correc ... More >>
This, my friends, is what three pounds of meth looks like.I'm a proud native of the Western Slope, and when I grew up in Grand Junction, the main substance we had to worry about was uranium. Those were the days. Now, reports about meth busts are the opposite of unusual -- although few can com ... More >>
Most Americans probably don't know that Canada has replaced Saudi Arabia as our primary source of imported oil. And fewer still have any idea that much of the Canadian oil, refined into gasoline at places like Suncor Energy's plant in Commerce City, is some of the nastiest stuff on earth, obtained ... More >>
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The drug trade in Denver and the surrounding area is getting worse -- much worse.
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This is the conclusion of Joanne Cordova's story. For part one, see www. westword.com.
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Ashley Gray didn't take candy from strangers. She did from her "Uncle Jon."