Silverthorne man charged with bringing drugs into Grand County Jail
A Silverthorne man is facing felony charges after law enforcement officers reportedly discovered cocaine among his belongings while he was under arrest for allegedly driving under the influence.
Heriberto Lopez Rivera, 28, was charged with first degree introducing contraband, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and five other traffic infractions.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled Lopez Rivera over on US Highway 40 around 9 p.m. Feb. 7 after witnessing him weaving, following too closely and driving off the road before regaining control of the car.
When the trooper approached the car, he reportedly smelled alcohol and noticed a case of beer in the passenger’s seat with an open can inside. Lopez Rivera told the trooper he had two beers, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit said Lopez Rivera was arrested after he failed to complete roadside maneuvers in a sober manner and was booked into Grand County Jail. At the jail, deputies allegedly found contraband in Lopez Rivera’s belongings that was identified as cocaine by both Lopez Rivera and a drug recognition expert.
Lopez Rivera’s breathalyzer results showed he had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was arrested.
Lopez Rivera is scheduled to be in court at 10 a.m. on March 3.
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