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3 busted for cocaine trafficking in Summit County

Summit Daily News staff report
Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY – Three men were arrested last week for drug trafficking, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release Monday.

Jason Michael Mertz and Jeff Joseph Michalek, both of Blue River, and Joshua William Forsher of Breckenridge were arrested Jan. 21 after undercover officers allegedly purchased cocaine on numerous occasions over the past four months.

According to the press release, Summit County Sheriff’s Office K-9s and the Summit County combined SWAT team assisted, and located additional drugs in bedroom dressers as well as a vault/safe in the basement during the search of the Blue River residence, located at 12 Royal Drive. Several weapons, including shotguns and handguns, were also found. Additional cocaine was discovered at the Breckenridge residence, located at 143 Flintstone Lane. In total, approximately 10 ounces of cocaine were ultimately purchased or seized.

Mertz, 33, was charged with five counts of distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, six counts of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance and one count of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $70,000.

Michalek, 27, was charged with one count of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, one count of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Bond was set at $50,000.

Joshua William Forsher, 27, was charged with seven counts of distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance, eight counts of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance and one count of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to distribute. Bond was set at $70,000.

Mertz and Michalek bonded out over the weekend. Forsher remains in custody in the Summit County Jail.


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