Trooper takes modified gas mask during bust
August 17, 1999
Steamboat Springs — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A World War I-era gas mask modified for marijuana use was among the items confiscated by authorities during a drug bust Sunday on Rabbit Ears Pass.
In addition to the altered gas mask, state troopers reportedly took into evidence 12 quarter-ounce bags of marijuana and arrested two people and ticketed a third.
Trooper Zach Murray stopped a station wagon around 9 p.m. Sunday because, he said, it was traveling 10 miles over the 50 mph speed limit on west U.S. 40 atop Rabbit Ears Pass.
Murray said after he stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, he smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the station wagon. When he asked the driver where she was coming from, she reportedly answered, “Woodstock.” Murray said she also told him she and the others in the vehicle were on their way to another music festival in Oregon. The trooper said she was visibly under the influence of drugs.
“She did the roadside maneuvers and did not perform consistent with a sober person,” Murray said.
Murray arrested the driver, 20-year-old Tanya S. Servant of Paulden, Ariz., on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, not carrying proof of insurance, speeding, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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While searching the vehicle, Murray said he found several items reportedly belonging to a passenger in the car, 33-year-old Stephen John Unsworth of North Branford, Conn. Those items included two hits of LSD, 12 quarter-ounce bags of marijuana, 16 pipes, a World War I-era gas mask with a tube modified for smoke inhalation, a scale and other miscellaneous paraphernalia.
Unsworth was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Schedule 1 controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, both felonies, as well as possession of less than eight ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to distribute.
Another passenger in the car, 22-year-old Tristan Tombs of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was cited for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Murray said Servant faces additional charges relating to the use of LSD, pending a toxicology report.
“She said she’d been up all weekend drinking and smoking marijuana,” Murray said. “She also thought sitting in the front seat of a State Patrol vehicle with handcuffs on was about the neatest thing she’d ever done. She was entranced with the lights.”
Murray estimated the marijuana had a street value of about $500.
As of Monday evening, Servant was in the Routt County Jail in lieu of $750 bond. Unsworth was in the jail on $20,000 bond for the LSD charge.