Friday, January 10, 2003
Steamboat Springs A man who claimed to be a missionary was arrested for drug possession Thursday as he tried to board a plane at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Thomas Patrick Lynch, 54, of River Forest, Ill., was carrying about 1 gram of cocaine in his shoe when police arrested him, Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan said.
Lynch was scheduled to board a flight to Chicago Thursday afternoon.
Security personnel discovered the narcotic during a routine screening at the airport, Lenahan said.
"They were doing a check for explosives," he said.
Lenahan said Lynch looked very uncomfortable when security personnel wanted to search him.
"He got a little squirrely," he said.
Lynch was carrying the small amount of cocaine in a folded-paper bindle in his sock. Lenahan estimated the bindle held about a gram of cocaine.
Lynch said he was a missionary in Columbia, Lenahan said.
Transportation Security Administration personnel handled the search.
"He was fairly cooperative," Lenahan said.
Cocaine possession is a class three felony.
Lynch was placed in the Routt County Jail and released on a $20,000 bond.
Yampa Valley Regional Airport representatives could not be reached for comment.