ACET arrests two suspects

Search warrant misses on suspected meth lab

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, a Yampa Valley task force, conducted a search Tuesday morning of a Craig residence that resulted in the arrests of two suspects, both of whom have prior drug convictions.

The search warrant was served about 9:10 a.m. in the 500 block of Tucker Street. There, task force members allegedly found "many items of drug paraphernalia and use amounts of suspected methamphetamine," according to an ACET news release.

Karen Marie Sadvar Gerber, 39, and Gary Gerber, 38, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 1 petty offense.

According to Moffat County Court records, both have pleaded to past drug charges.

In 2004, Gary Gerber pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance one gram or less, and possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance more than one gram.

In 2003, Sadvar Gerber pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance. Drug charges against her were dismissed in 2001, according to court records.

The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office assisted with Tuesday morning's search.

Although the search warrant yielded two drug-related arrests, it failed to uncover the illegal activity authorities suspected was taking place at the house.

"The search warrant was the result of an investigation that led investigators to believe there was the possibility of an illegal methamphetamine lab at this residence," ACET commander Garrett Wiggins said in the news release. "ACET was receiving complaints from neighborhood citizens of suspicious behavior and strange chemical odors coming from this residence."

Task force members filed a search warrant request and received approval from the court based on evidence gathered in the investigation, the task force reported.

The search warrant was sealed by the court.

"The most important priority in obtaining this search warrant was the possibility of a public safety hazard and for the health and safety of nearby neighbors," Wiggins said in the release. "A methamphetamine lab produces very toxic gasses during the manufacturing process and the chemicals used during this process are extremely toxic and/or highly flammable, which creates an enormous threat to the public."

Wiggins said there were "signs and signals" a meth lab existed at the home and preparations were made in case there was.

Overall, he said Tuesday's operation was meant ensure public health wasn't compromised by an active lab.

"We couldn't accept the risk of there being a meth lab there and not act on it," he said.

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in Moffat County had no comment on the case.

Formal charges have not been filed against the Gerbers, and most likely won't be filed until early next week.

Comments

freeman 5 years, 2 months ago

what part of the drug war are you talking about,,,,our goverment is the biggest participants of the drug wars,,,check your history and it will explain ???

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JDR4 5 years, 2 months ago

Smooth. Granted they still uncovered illegal activity. But, once again the police FAIL in full investigation and used inaccurate information to bust through a US citizens door.

Better investigations and better policing would prevent officers from having to bust into peoples houses, endangering the public and themselves.

There are PLENTY of other ways to arrest a suspect and obtain entry into a residence. Including making a traffic stop and obtaining the keys to the residence from the suspect.

The officers enjoy raiding houses with full gear and guns pointed, and they put themselves in serious danger not knowing what they were running into when they could have just walked right in after arresting these people on the street.

Nice job, once again ACET.

PS- Itd be nice if someday instead of making better criminals from everyday people, we actually decide to address the problem with treatment. And anyone who thinks they get treatment in Jail or Prison is regrettably mistaken. Normal people learn how to be animals when incarcerated, and are only separated from the drugs they need professional treatment for. When will we ALL realize the Drug War is a serious failure. The biggest of the past 30 years. Even our new President calls it a "Failure".

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greeneyedgurl 5 years, 2 months ago

Who pays for all that treatment? Then half of them get out and go back at it.

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freeman 5 years, 2 months ago

BOY SLIPKNOT YOU COULD OF NOT SAID IT BETTER,,,IT SEEMS THAT THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES WANT YOU TO THINK THEY ARE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE DRUG PROBLEM,,BUT WHEN PEOPLE CALL AND GIVE THEM DISTINCT INFORMATION THAT POINTS ONLY TO THE TRUTH,,THEY SEEM TO DRAG THERE ASS GETTING TO THE ONES THEY SHOULD AND ALWAYS FOLLOWING AROUND A PERSON THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN IN TROUBLE AND SERVES NOTHING BUT FAILED MONEY SPENT,,???IF THEY WOULD PAY ATTN TO THE PEOPLE WHO PARK IN THE HANDICAP PARKIMG ALL THE TIME AND AT $500 A POP YOU WOULD THINK THE REVENUE WOULD BE CONSIDERABLE,,MAKE THERE TIME WORHT IT,,IT REALLY MAKES ONE WONDER WHY THERE (ACET) GRANTS HAVE BEEN GOING DOWNHILL,,,RIGHT,,MAYBE IM WROMG BUT THE TRUTH HURTS,,,WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT THESE OVER THE BORDER DRUG SCUM DEALERS PUT DOWN AND OUT OF PRODUCTION,,,KIND OF STANDS OUT WHEN THEY GO TO SOCIAL SERVICES IN A $60,000 VEHICLE TO PICK UP A $600 MONTH CHECK,,KIND OF LIKE BODY LANGUAGE,,,IT SURE TELLS THE TRUTH,,,,,,

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slipknot 5 years, 2 months ago

Freeman: I haven't lived in Craig for several years but I visit 5 times a year and I can tell you from my observations, nothing has changed with your local LEO's. My opinion only they are bums, the best thing to happen recently was your new sheriff. Your meth problem is not local, it's imported, as evidenced by the lack of product found in ACET's recent debacle. If they want to make a few bucks they need to get out on highways 13 and 40 and start stopping some of the transport coming into town instead of doing the same old suspects. They're not going to hand out parking tickets, they can't put on all their black clothes and carry all the black weapons or beat people up. The most excitement they get that way is calling the tow company. I will make a wager though I'll bet Craig has more 'undocumented' workers than people who believe Rodney Culverwell is innocent, and a full third of those undocumented workers are mules.

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freeman 5 years, 2 months ago

I CAN ONLY SAY THAT YOU ARE TOTALLY CORRECT FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND WITNESSED,,,,THERE IS MORE BULLSH-T HERE THAN IN MIAMI,,,,,THIS SEGMENT ON TV ABOUT HOW MUCH THE GOVERMENT IS SPENDING ON CHASING POT FIELDS,,,WHAT A JOKE,,,,THEY WOULD NOT HAVE TO CHASE NOBODY IF THEY WOULD WOULD PAY ATTN TO THE HIGHWAYS ,,EXCELLENT STORY SLIP

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JDR4 5 years, 2 months ago

A Harvard Univ economist (along with 500+ other "thinkers"/economists) estimate that legalizing marijuana would save billions and billions of dollars in incarceration alone. That doesnt include all the other crap we spend fighting a drug no worse than breathing air in Beijing. Most, and i do mean most of our money fighting this worthless, and costly Drug War is spent fighting pot. Because it makes them money... Seems like a pretty gloomy, yet profitable business to me.

The amount of money spent on fighting Meth and other Drugs nationally compared is a joke. If we were only serious about these problems we talk about. Money is not gonna fix it...

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George Robertson 5 years, 2 months ago

and besides, legalizing pot and taxing it at the same level as alcohol would MORE than pay for the $750,000,000,000 bail out plan, bring the social security and medicare funds back into solvency, pay off the deficit, and give politicians tons more money to squander.

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chidrenofgod 5 years, 2 months ago

Ever ask yourselves or your city officials why Acet only busts the people that will get a medal pinned on their chests? Why not do something for the family members or people you care about that need the help? Guess that would take away from the demand, actually help someone & cut back on their job security! WHAT A CONCEPT! Actually helping the people who need it! As far as i know they are the only law enforcement that gets paid not to do their job's!

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lonelyone 5 years, 2 months ago

chidrenofgod, why are you so hard on ACET? And how do you figure they are only doing this job to get medals and that they have to do nothing in order to get paid? How many arrests have we read that they have made only to have many of these people go free or get a light sentence because the DA's office decided they didn't like the evidence. Seems to me that ACET is one of those damned if you do and damned if you don't kind of things. I agree the users need to get help too, but it costs lots of money to run those programs and that is tax money that is being cut right and left at the moment. Where do you think this money should come from? Do you want to take it from the schools, from the highway funds, from the fire district?? All so some junkie can get cleaned up and more then likely go back to using again? You sound like your angry because maybe someone you know needs help and isn't getting it for free, maybe? I don't know and I shouldn't spout off like that, but it seems to me you are being pretty hard on a group that are trying to get the dealers out of our town and that in return might help get rid of the problem.

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moffatresident 5 years, 2 months ago

lonely, seems like you're just as hard on the DA as childrenofgod was on ACET. You assume that the DA just "decided" not to like what ACET does and don't even consider that maybe there really wasn't enough evidence to go to trial on some of these people. It seems to me that the DA is just as damed if you do damed if you don't as ACET. We may not agree with every decision that they make, but it seems to me that just like ACET they are good people trying to do their best with limited resources. I for one say lets give the new DA a chance before jumping all over her.

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chidrenofgod 5 years, 2 months ago

I agree with giving the new DA a chance & yes I do have some friends that desperatly need help! But they wont get it unless they are put into the system! At that point I would gladly pay the twenty or thirty thousand it might take for their treatment out of my own pocket! I am tired of watching people I care for dying because ACET knows who they are and only cares about the busts they can get an attaboy for! Keep your taxes, I'm willing to help if ACET would take the time to help the people instead of just themselves!

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lonelyone 5 years, 2 months ago

moffatresident, no one said anything about the new DA. But since she worked with Bonnie, she is going to have to prove herself to many of us and I know I am not the only forum poster who was very unhappy with the results from that office. If there is something going on that prevents the DA's office from doing what we think should be done, why can't they say so. We've asked this before and once the "office" responded. Explain as much as they can, why they can't convict some of these cases instead of just letting them go or giving them such a light sentence that it appears to us that it is nothing but a joke. But I am willing to wait and see how the new DA handles these cases. And as far as chidrenofgod goes, I don't have anyone who is close to me that needs this help and maybe I shouldn't have said anything, but for heavens sake, you posted pretty much the same thing on 5 different topics. You did nothing but bash a group of people who can only do so much and I am sorry if that doesn't include getting your friends into drug court. Bless you for having the funds and to be willing to help your firends, but don't take it out on a group of people who are doing the best they can even if you feel it isn't enough.

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chidrenofgod 5 years, 2 months ago

If I could save or change one life for the better it would be worth it! Maybe even someone you know! Can't get help with things if you don't ask! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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