Four arrested in Breck cocaine bust
BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit County Drug Task Force arrested four Breckenridge-area residents on charges of possession of various drugs and two incendiary devices equal to a quarter-stick of dynamite.
The task force, aided by the Breckenridge and Silverthorne police departments, arrested Debbie Walker, Heather Jude Klein and Stacey B. Bouchard on Halloween.
Debbie Walker’s husband, Lee, turned himself in late Thursday afternoon. The Walkers own the Angel’s Hollow restaurant at 113 S. Ridge St. in Breckenridge.
The arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation that included several drug sales to undercover agents, said Sheriff’s Office Capt. Derek Woodman.
Three of the arrests took place when 34-year-old Bouchard, a bartender, allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover task force agent. The report said she didn’t have enough cocaine for the deal, so she went to Angel’s Hollow to talk with Debbie Walker.
Walker then allegedly went to her home at 4 Magnum Bonum in French Creek to get more drugs.
Police obtained a search warrant for the home Halloween night, and found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cocaine, cash, firearms, explosive devices and psilocybin mushrooms.
The Jefferson County Bomb Squad was called in to remove and destroy the explosives.
“It didn’t surprise us; we had a pretty good idea we’d find drugs in the house,” Woodman said. “We didn’t know exactly the quantities we’d find. There was some speculation we might find more.”
The couple’s two small children were home at the time of the search, which resulted in additional charges of reckless endangerment, a Class 3 misdemeanor.
“These devices could easily be mistaken for a firecracker by a young child,” one of the bomb squad officers was reported to have said. “If one of these devices was set off at a relatively close distance, the injuries could have been serious.”
Why the couple had a quarter-stick of dynamite in their home has piqued the curiosity of law enforcement, Woodman said.
“Whether they were going to use it for entertainment purposes or what – that’s a pretty substantial firecracker,” he said. “But we’ve heard of people using entire sticks of dynamite as firecrackers.”
Legislation passed earlier this year that increases penalties against people who have children in the home won’t apply because there was no evidence that drugs were being manufactured there, Woodman said.
The legislation is designed to better protect children from methamphetamine labs, which are highly explosive.
Lee Walker, 43, was charged with one count of selling .09 grams of cocaine, one count of possession of 32.14 grams of cocaine, one count of possession of 9.48 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, one count of possession of an incendiary device, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and two counts of reckless endangerment.
Police also seized rifles and collected pistol bullets and empty empty handgun cases at the family home.
If convicted, he could serve from 14 to 42 years in prison and pay fines of $11,500 to $2.82 million.
Bouchard and Klein, 29, were each arrested on one charge of unlawful distribution of a a controlled substance, which, if convicted, could result in four to 12 years in prison and a fine of $3,000 to $750,000.
Klein also faces a charge of possession of more than a gram of cocaine, which, if convicted could lead to a prison term of two to six years and a fine of $2,000 to $5,000.
Debbie Walker, Klein and Bouchard all bonded out of jail Halloween night, each on $10,000 bonds. Lee Walker bonded out on a $25,000 bond.
There are no more suspects in the case.