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Hunter caught carrying more than elk

Tyler Baskfield

Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) district manager Rich Antonio believed he was making a routine game check Wednesday when he pulled over a pick-up truck with an elk in the back. During a search of the vehicle he found more than the elk.

When Antonio approached the vehicle he smelled marijuana in the cab. Antonio called for Moffat County Sheriff’s Department assistance. A search of the truck by Moffat County sheriff’s deputy Adrian Bevel turned up drug paraphernalia and a substance believed to be cocaine.

James Brandon Overman, 19, from Arvada, Colo., was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Overman posted a $5,000 bond on Thursday. There were no wildlife violations issued.

Deputy Bevel is pleased with the arrest and even though there was only a small amount of the substance found, he believes Overman will be convicted on both charges.

“There was only a small amount of residue,” said Bevel. “I’m confident that the charges will stick in court.”

None of the other passengers in the car were charged, but according to Bevel they will most likely be subpoenaed as witnesses in the case. The substance has been sent to Colorado Bureau of Investigation to be tested.