Avon Snow Ball bust results in four years probation
May 3, 2011
EAGLE, Colorado – A local man pleaded guilty to selling mushroom-laced chocolate to an undercover cop at Avon’s Snow Ball, a music festival that took place in March.
Jason Wallace was sentenced to four years supervised probation after he told Eagle County Judge Katharine Sullivan he did it because he faced money problems after breaking his elbow at Beaver Creek, and could not work.
While reading a three-page statement, he told Sullivan he was “seized by impulse,” and saw selling the chocolate as a way out of his money trouble. He had created the chocolate pieces in ice cube trays, he said.
“I am embarrassed and humiliated,” he told Sullivan. “I have never been in trouble before.”
Wallace said he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he migrated to Colorado from the Boston area earlier this winter.
Insisting he had never had problems with drugs and alcohol, while also saying he’d suffered bouts with emotional and mental illnesses in his 20s, Wallace started to protest the drug and alcohol evaluations that are part of his supervised probation.
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Sullivan quickly cut him off, reminding him he had just pleaded guilty to charges of selling an illegal controlled substance.
“Mr. Sullivan, you are a drug dealer,” Sullivan said sharply. “Most people appear in this courtroom because of drugs and alcohol. For you to be arguing with me about the terms and conditions of your probation will not be tolerated.”
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.