Cocaine found in lost wallet, cops say |

Cocaine found in lost wallet, cops say

Charles Agar
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” For the second time in a month, Aspen police have arrested a man on suspicion of having cocaine stashed in a wallet he lost.

A wallet left on a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus turned up at the police station July 4, and police found four bindles of cocaine inside the wallet, Aspen police Officer Linda Consuegra said.

Combined, the bindles held more than one gram of the substance, police said.

Authorities contacted the owner of the wallet, Carbondale resident Jose Fidel Orellana, 44. When Orellana arrived at the police station Tuesday to claim his wallet, police interrogated him and later arrested him on charges of felony possession of cocaine in the amount of more than one gram.

In a similar case on June 25, Anderson Silva admitted to Aspen police the possession of a bindle of cocaine found in the wallet he lost, according to police reports.

Orellana, meanwhile, was released from jail Tuesday on a $5,000 bond. Consuegra said the wallet contained a valid Minnesota license.

“I called him and said, ‘We have your wallet.’ He said, ‘I’ll be right over,'” Consuegra said.

But, Consuegra said, Orellana became nervous while they were questioning him.

“He broke out in sweats. He almost fainted. He never admitted it was his. He never denied it, either,” Consuegra said.

Consuegra said Orellana brought his El Salvadorian passport to prove his identity; however, the birth date on the passport and his valid Minnesota license didn’t match.

Orellana told police he was in the U.S. illegally, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials did not place a hold on him, Consuegra said.

“We didn’t feel comfortable to let him go,” Consuegra added, so police took Orellana into custody.

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