Drug pipe find leads to charges


A Craig woman was arrested after someone told police she left a pipe on a convenience store counter that later field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Shelly Knifton, 30, was arrested April 6 on charges of unlawful possession of Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 substances and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the incident.

The woman allegedly was retrieving some of the contents of her purse when she left the pipe on the counter of the north end Kum & Go, police said. Two witnesses tipped off Craig Police Sgt. Marvin Cameron to the incident, according to court documents. Cameron had just purchased a drink at the store.

After being questioned by Cameron, the woman denied knowing what the pipe was or that it belonged to her.

Police said they found a pipe in the bottom of the woman's purse. It tested positive for meth, police said. Police also found an unidentified prescription bottle in the woman's purse. Police identified one of the pills as Lorcet, which is a Schedule 3 narcotic.

The woman is facing two additional felony charges of introduction of contraband into the Moffat County Jail and unlawful possession of less than one gram of methamphetamine while she was being booked into the jail.

Police said they found a small plastic bag containing an unknown substance on the woman during a strip search. The substance tested positive as meth, police said.

People being booked into the jail are required to disclose any items they may be carrying. Failure to do so can result in charges, Jail Administrator Lt. Dean Herndon said.

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