April 8, 2011
Members of the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office check a vehicle Wednesday night on Seventh St. Scott Steckel and Keli Walls both had warrants and were arrested. A pipe and plastic bags containing white residue were allegedly found in the vehicle. The residue allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.
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A Craig man with a pending burglary charge was one of two people arrested Wednesday night by the Craig Police Department on suspicion of drug possession. Scott Aaron Steckel, 36, of Craig, and Keli Marie Walls, 20, were each booked into Moffat County Jail for possession of less than a gram of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 6 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. Steckel was also booked for violating bail bonds, a Class 6 felony, and Walls was booked for violating a restraining order. Both suspects also had outstanding warrants. Formal charges had not been filed by Thursday afternoon. Jerry DeLong, a Craig Police Department commander, said police had been looking for Steckel after the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest earlier in the day Wednesday. The warrant was for attempted distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. According to an arrest affidavit, Walls had two warrants for her arrest. Both warrants are from Routt County, according to her booking sheet. Steckel and Walls were allegedly passengers Wednesday in a Subaru driven by a third person, who was later released without charges, according to the affidavit. After the car was pulled over near Seventh and Breeze streets Wednesday night, a police dog searched the car. Inside the vehicle, officers allegedly found a pipe and empty bags with white residue. Both items allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. Steckel and Walls are set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. In a separate case, Steckel is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies, and two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony. He is also charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and five counts of being a habitual criminal. The charges stem from a November 2010 arrest with Shane Meimerstorf after the two were allegedly found in possession of various tools and a bike that had been reported missing. Steckel was set to enter a plea last month, but the hearing was continued until 1 p.m. May 11.