Oak Creek residents arrested on suspicion of providing teen with meth-laced marijuana
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two Oak Creek residents were arrested Friday on suspicion of providing a minor with marijuana laced with meth.
Charles Chandler, 34, faces two felony charges, which include contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing marijuana to a minor.
Both also were charged with misdemeanor child abuse.
Oak Creek Police Department Chief Ralph Maher said the Chandlers are not the teen’s parents, but they are related and frequent the home where the teen lives.
The Routt County Department of Human Services, which has been involved with the family for several years, received a tip of illegal drug use at the teen’s residence. A social worker alerted Oak Creek police to the situation and interviewed the teen at Soroco High School with the police department’s school resource officer.
During the interview, the teen admitted to smoking marijuana from a pipe shared with Amber Chandler. The teen claimed Charles Chandler also has provided marijuana in the past.
Over the weekend of April 5 to 7, the teen believes they unintentionally smoked meth from the pipe with Charles Chandler, assuming it contained only marijuana.
Soon after inhaling the substance, the teen experienced a range of symptoms, including “abdominal pains, bloating, sweating profusely, heightened sense of smell and loss of appetite,” according to the affidavit. The symptoms lasted for about 48 hours, but no one at the house sought medical attention.
The teen described other drug use happening at the house, including what they believe to be meth. In the past, the teen has seen one woman smoking a substance from a clear tube that gave off an unpleasant odor.
After the interview at the high school, the social worker made an unannounced visit to the teen’s residence, where she interviewed the Chandlers about the incident.
According to the affidavit, Amber Chandler admitted to smoking meth around the time of the incident, using the pipe the teen described. Charles Chandler said he smoked marijuana with the teen out of the same pipe and admitted it also contained meth.
When asked why he did not take the teen to the hospital at the time, Charles Chandler said he did not think it was necessary because he “has a history of addiction, and he knew what to look for,” according to the affidavit.
As of Tuesday afternoon, both suspects were still in custody at the Routt County Jail. Amber Chandler’s bond has been set at $5,000, and Charles Chandler’s has been set at $2,000.
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