ACET arrests Craig man

Bryan Koppe in custody on suspicion of intent to distribute



Bryan Keith Koppe

The All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested a 26-year-old man Wednesday afternoon in Craig on suspicion of intent to distribute.

Bryan Keith Koppe was arrested at about 3 p.m. while doing business at a bank.

His arrest, ACET reported in a news release, was the product of a joint investigation between the task force and the United States Postal Service.

ACET obtained three search warrants for the Koppe investigation. Law enforcement searched his apartment in the 400 block of Tucker Street, a neighboring apartment and a vehicle belonging to a neighbor.

ACET commander Garrett Wiggins said task force personnel found 307 grams of a substance that a field test later confirmed was methamphetamine, and more than 250 grams of another substance believed to be a diluting agent.

Koppe was booked into Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to distribute.

The tenant of the neighboring apartment has not been charged, although Wiggins said charges could be filed at a later date.

The seized substances are being sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis. Based on the results, additional or modified charges could be filed, ACET reported.

If the CBI confirms the 307 grams are methamphetamine, they would have a street value of approximately $30,000 to $37,000, ACET reported.

Wiggins limited comments on the postal service’s involvement in the investigation. He said only that postal employees noticed packages “of a very suspicious nature” connected to Koppe.

This year, ACET has worked 18 investigations that have included 27 suspects, primarily in Moffat County, Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Wiggins said.

The task force has seized drugs — methamphetamine, cocaine and pills, among others — that have a street value of approximately $48,000 to $50,000, he said. The task force entails Wiggins, of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, an officer from the Craig Police Department and a deputy from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.


vaporJ 6 years, 8 months ago

I hope your ready to print a retraction. It was a legal substance. The guy was arrested for legal activities. The number one problem with the press is that the reports jump to conclusions and never follow the hard facts. The field tests are not reliable. History has proven that these field tests do give false positives. The only thing I can say is don't talk to the police. They work for the prosecutor. get a good lawyer and keep your mouth shut until you see your lawyer. Otherwise, you're apt get wrongfully charged for some other unrelated offense. Good Luck Koppe


anonyguy 6 years, 8 months ago

It's true. This guy was selling mephedrone, a substance banned in only one US state to my knowledge. Go to and read up on mephedrone. It's not illegal, but the molecular structure is very close to methamphetamine - thus the false positive. Or so everyone is assuming. I HIGHLY doubt he actually had methamphetamine. Someone there in Craig should tell the prosecutor this PRONTO and get him out of jail.

vaporj, you should not jump on the press though. They've only reported the facts here. It's the police that are in error.

"ACET commander Garrett Wiggins said task force personnel found 307 grams of a substance that a field test later confirmed was methamphetamine"

What is not factual about that statement? They didn't claim it was methamphetamine. They just said it field tested positive for methamphetamine.


vaporJ 6 years, 8 months ago

@ anonyguy I see your point and I shouldn't be quick to temper. I just hate how the entire article sounds. To me it just rings of the impression of guilt to any readers that don't know both sides of the story. This automatically decreases his chance at a fair hearing. I know this guy and he is a decent individual who doesn't deserve to have his name or face smeared in the public eye. He is trying to function within the limits of the law and is loosing his freedom by being in jail due to a bogus charge.


peasandcues 6 years, 8 months ago

Just what does one do with 307 grams of mephedrone? And why would one need 250 grams of something that appears to be a diluting agent?


xdddmmmjjjx 6 years, 8 months ago

It is completely true, bryan sold mephedrone online (Thats why he had so much mephedrone). He is completely innocent and here soon everybody will see. Field tests are not reliable at all.. and this is very unfair its not his fault police are worthless.


ColoGeezer 6 years, 8 months ago

So, your buddy is "completely innocent" and is only selling methedrone online. Well, I checked WikiPedia and found this:

"Side effects - According to the Darlington Drug and Alcohol Action Team, mephedrone can cause nose bleeds, nose burns, hallucinations, nausea, vomiting, blood circulation problems, rashes, anxiety, paranoia, fits and delusions.[2] According to Crew2000, other side effects may include poor concentration, poor short-term memory, increased heart rate, abnormal heart beats, anxiety, depression, increased sweating, dilated pupils, the inability to normally open the mouth, and teeth grinding (gurning).[4] A survey conducted by the National Addiction Centre, UK found that 51% of mephedrone users said they suffered from headaches, 43% from heart palpitations, 27% from nausea and 15% from cold or blue fingers.[34] Doctors at Guy's Hospital, London reported that of 15 patients they treated after taking mephedrone, 53.3% were agitated, 40% tachycardic, 20% had systolic hypertension and 20% had seizures. 20% were treated with benzodiazepines, predominantly to control their agitation. They reported that none of their patients suffered from cold or blue peripheries, as other reports have done."

Now what is innocent about selling this stuff over the internet.....?


Frankieboy 6 years, 8 months ago

I personally have tried mephedrone and was not impressed. I didn't have any of the bad side effects listed by ColoGeezer and Wiki it just didn't do a hell of a lot for me. Reason I mention I've tried it is to show that list of side effects is just like any list of side effects. They do not affect all people, some may get none, some may get one or two and a rare few get excessive bad effects. Before you judge please check out the side effects for any known drug, legal ones especially! While you're at it look up the side effects of substances such as Caffine, Tobacco, Aspirin, etc. You wouldn't send this guy to jail for selling one of those right? So as long as it turns out to be Meph and not Meth and CO. is not the one state thats illegal then the man doesn't belong in jail. Heck those Big Macs from mcDonalds have some bad side effects but we dont put all the McDonalds managers in jail for selling them!

ColoGeezer, I'm not saying the stuff is good for you or anything but it's the legality of it thats in question. If it truly is only illegal in one state as anonyguy says then Koppe should not be arrested or jailed. I'm not sure what the legalities of shipping it in U.S. mail are though so may be a problem there? I just think people need to wait until details are known before tossing the guy under the jail.

Good luck Koppe, I'll try to find a four leaf clover or a leprechaun or something of the sort for your good luck!


Frankieboy 6 years, 8 months ago

Anonyguy - I'm with you, i don't blame the paper, they print what the police give them Unfortunately sometimes police speak before they should! It was not only stated that it field tested positive for methamphetamine but said the field test "confirmed" it was methamphetamine. To someone who doesn't understand the standards of testing that sounds like proof that it was meth.

A field test should not be stated as confirming any substance! These are usually kits along the same lines the kids use to test their ecstasy for amphetamines or other substances. They give a general idea of what group or class of drug it is but do not nail down specifics. A GC/MS is needed for that, only then is it confirmed. I see the police have sent it off for this testing and soon they (and hopefully we) will know. I sincerely hope if the man was mistakenly labeled a meth dealer the Daily Press will give as much coverage to that fact as it did to his arrest.

Is Mr. Koppe being held or is he released on bail? If he is still in custody what is his bail? He may have friends who believe in him and would help him out.


Barbara A Smith 6 years, 8 months ago

United States: 4-Methylmethcathinone is unscheduled in the United States[77] but has been made illegal in North Dakota.[78] Those selling the drug for human consumption may however, be prosecuted under the Federal Analog Act due to its similarity to Methcathinone


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