Bartender, patrons nabbed in drug sting
Vail, CO Colorado
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Drug task force officers arrested four people at two bars on suspicion of felony drug charges after a two-month undercover operation into illegal drug sales.
Scott Eric Racette, 26, the bartender at Pravda Vodka Bar at Copper Mountain, was arrested after agents allegedly purchased 47 grams of psilocybin mushrooms from him between February and April.
He’s been arrested on suspicion of three counts of possession of a controlled substance and three counts of distributing a controlled substance.
Three customers of Salt Creek Club in Breckenridge were also arrested after undercover drug agents allegedly bought LSD and marijuana from them.
Nathan McNeese, 26, allegedly sold 10 doses of LSD and marijuana to agents and was arrested on suspicion of one count of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance, distribution of marijuana and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Danny Kakish, also known as “Bear,” 23, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover officer on two separate occasions.
Alisha Harrison also known as “Melissa,” 22, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of distribution of marijuana and two counts of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover officer on two separate occasions.
Kakish and Harrison both told officers that the marijuana came from California, police said.
All the arrests were made about two weeks ago, said Summit County Undersheriff Derek Woodman, who heads up the Drug Task Force.
Salt Creek bar manager Billie Keithley said the alleged purchases took place outside the bar on the business’ deck and no employees were involved in the sale of drugs, or knew of any sales occurring.
She said the bar’s staff does their very best to check patrons for possession of drugs by performing regular rounds of the bar’s dance floor, the bathroom and the deck.
“Unfortunately we can’t catch everybody, especially if it’s happening outside,” Keithley said.
The three people accused of selling drugs at the bar won’t be allowed back, Keithley said.
Salt Creek won’t face any punishment because its employees weren’t involved in the alleged drug transactions, but Pravda may see some repercussions, Woodman said.
“It will certainly come up when they do apply for their liquor license because it was an employee,” Woodman said.
The bar’s liquor license is up for renewal in November, according to the county Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Pravda, which leases space at Copper Mountain and is not owned or operated by the resort, was closed on Tuesday and the phone went unanswered.
None of the people arrested in the undercover operation is listed in the phone book.