Vail Valley cops spot drugs |

Vail Valley cops spot drugs

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

PHOENIX ” To improve their abilities to recognize people who are on drugs, officers from the Avon and Vail police departments and the Eagle County’s Sheriff’s Office recently visited the Tent City jail.

The officers evaluated inmates who were entering the Maricopa County Jail under the influence of drugs.

The jail books approximately 200 to 300 people a day and the majority of people are under the influence of drugs when arrested, said Chief Brian Kozak of the Avon Police Department.

The officers are training to become certified drug recognition efforts.

“Our local officers were able to identify all the drug categories in a matter of two days,” Kozak said. “They were able to see people under the influence of PCP, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.”

Local officers who became drug recognition experts on the trip are The officers include Officers Yvonne Ramirez and Aurion Hassinger of the Avon Police Department, Officer Jessica Mayes of the Vail Police Department, and sheriff’s deputies Aaron Veldheer, Hagen Kuhl and Matt Ross.

“These newly certified drug recognition experts will now use their skills to help them evaluate and remove dangerous drug impaired drivers from our streets,” Kozak said, “all in an effort to making this valley a safer place to drive.”

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