Men arrested on drug charges

Agents spot duo smoking marijuana

— Steamboat Springs police assisted drug agents in netting two Steamboat Springs men for illegal drug possession Wednesday morning.

A small amount of marijuana, marijuana concentrate, hydrocodone pills and drug paraphernalia was found in a car driven by Todd Willy Helphrey, 18. Samuel Kees Schipper, 18, was riding in the passenger seat of the car, a black Subaru.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana and marijuana concentrate, possession of a schedule II substance -- the strong, prescription painkiller hydrocodone -- and drug paraphernalia possession.

A agent with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team, who was in an unmarked vehicle spotted the men on Pine Grove Road, smoking what appeared to be a marijuana pipe in their vehicle, police said.

He followed their vehicle into downtown Steamboat and asked Steamboat police for assistance in stopping the Subaru after it appeared the driver was trying to lose his unmarked car in Old Town, Steamboat Springs Police Sgt. Nick Bostic said.

A marked Steamboat Springs police vehicle caught up with the Subaru at the intersection of Amethyst Drive and Routt County Road 36. The Subaru pulled onto CR 36 and began picking up speed, reaching 70 mph while being followed by the police vehicle. When the officer turned on his lights, the Subaru pulled over, Bostic said.

Police smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.

The suspects allowed police to search the car. Police found hydrocodone pills, a small amount of marijuana, marijuana concentrate and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

The bond for both men was set at $5,000. Helphrey posted bond Wednesday. Schipper was still being held in the Routt County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

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