Drug charge filed against Craig man

A 26-year-old Craig man the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in July has been charged in Moffat County Court with a felony.

According to court records, the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office charged Bryan Keith Koppe on Monday with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

The charging document alleges Koppe “unlawfully, feloniously and knowingly possessed with intent to sell or distribute” 25 to 450 grams of methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Koppe is scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Monday before Judge Sandra Gardner.

He was arrested July 28 in Craig, stemming from a joint investigation between ACET and the U.S. Postal Service.

ACET commander Garrett Wiggins reported that Koppe was found in possession of 307 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine and booked into Moffat County Jail.

A jail staff member reported that Koppe was transported Tuesday to the Routt County Jail.

According to Routt County court records, Koppe pleaded guilty June 26, 2008, to distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, and was sentenced to three years at Correctional Alternative Placement Services in Craig.

An arrest affidavit filed in Moffat County and written by an ACET officer stated that the controlled substance in Koppe’s previous conviction was cocaine.

The affidavit also stated that Koppe was allowed to live in a residence rather than the CAPS facility.

His transfer to Routt County stemmed from a CAPS violation, a Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy said.

Koppe remained in custody in Routt County as of Friday afternoon.

According to court records, potential witnesses in the Koppe case are Wiggins; two ACET officers; Detective Jen Kenney of the Craig Police Department; Blake Abdella, a police department evidence technician; James Gentry of the Aurora Police Department; and two representatives of U.S. Postal Inspection.

Deputy District Attorney John Pfeifer is handling the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

It was unclear, according to court records, whether Koppe has retained an attorney.

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