Local law enforcement makes meth, heroin drug bust
On Nov. 15, the All Crimes Enforcement Team (ACET), Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office and K-9 deputy “Kiilo” worked together to arrest two individuals suspected of possessing, manufacturing and distributing meth and heroin.
Richard John Koucherick, 50, and Santana Marie Ryan, 43, both of Rifle, were arrested and booked into the Moffat County Jail on felony drug charges.
Both are currently being held on $50,000 bond.
Ryan will appear in Moffat County Court for a preliminary hearing at 4 p.m. Dec. 2. The Office of the Public Defender represents her.
Koucherick will next appear in Moffat County Court for a status hearing at 11 a.m. Nov. 24. Randy Salky, a Steamboat Springs attorney, represents him.
Other charges Koucherick was booked on include having an open alcoholic beverage in his motor vehicle and violating a restraining order.
Ryan’s other charges include possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to use turn signals and careless driving.
District Attorney Brett Barkey stated, “Illegal drugs have taken a devastating toll on Craig and Moffat County. These arrests are part of the ongoing efforts of our law enforcement community to identify and stop those who would profit from this poisonous trade.”
A veteran in Moffat County is facing a handful of felony charges after police say he broke into a family member’s gun safe while on drugs when they confronted him for pawning an expensive tool.