Stabbing victim arrested in drug bust |

Stabbing victim arrested in drug bust

Jeremy Browning

A Craig woman injured Tuesday in a stabbing incident was arrested Wednesday morning when police executed a no-knock search warrant on her residence, according to police.

Karen Marie Sadvar-Gerber, 34, was booked into the Moffat County Jail Wednesday on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.

The three children living in the residence are now in protective custody, said Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard, who attended the raid.

Approximately 10 officers from the Craig Police Department and the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRAMNET) forced their way into Sadvar-Gerber’s North Yampa Avenue home at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The officers found a pipe and small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Police did not recover an operational methamphetamine lab.

“There were items that could be used to make a meth lab,” Leonard said.

But the search warrant indicates police expected to find much more.

While Sadvar-Gerber was being treated for the stab wounds she suffered Tuesday, police questioned her alleged attacker, who revealed information that led to Wednesday’s raid, according to the search warrant.

According to police records, the man who allegedly stabbed Sadvar-Gerber Tuesday also was booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine. Shawn Michael Oliver, 26, told police he allegedly had received the methamphetamine from Sadvar-Gerber. Furthermore, he told police Sadvar-Gerber allegedly was manufacturing the drug at a lab in her home. Oliver told police Sadvar-Gerber allegedly cooks methamphetamine in her home frequently. He told them he had seen the lab Monday night and that Sadvar-Gerber had been allegedly cooking methamphetamine then, according to the warrant.

Oliver even described the location of the lab in the home and said there were “gallon-sized amounts of liquid” in the lab, according to the warrant.

The raid wasn’t Sadvar-Gerber’s first encounter with GRAMNET.

Her home was raided on Sept. 20, 2001, when police found 45 grams of methamphetamine and 145 grams of marijuana, according to court documents. In serving the 2001 search warrant, officers shot and killed three dogs inside the residence, which were acting aggressively, according to court documents. Officers also recovered three guns, including a loaded 20-gauge shotgun and a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

Sadvar-Gerber was arrested and charged with four felony drug counts that were dismissed in July 2002 by the District Attorney’s office.

The warrant for Wednesday’s search used facts from the 2001 raid in asking for a “no-knock” warrant, referring to the “aggressive dogs which have been replaced, and the previous loaded weapons which have been returned to Sadvar-Gerber.”

The warrant also stated that “persons who manufacture methamphetamine live their life in a paranoid state and go to great lengths to protect their labs.”

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or

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