A man convicted of drug, sex crimes put his parole GPS tracking device on his dog, Denver police say

2 parolees caught with drugs, 14 guns, police say

DENVER - Six parole officers were tracking a GPS tracking monitor last month that indicated a man on parole for a drug conviction was inside a Denver home.

But parole officers soon realized parolee, 31-year-old Bryan Carver, wasn't the one wearing the satellite-tracking device in the home.

Because on Dec. 19, parole officers were conducting surveillance on the house at 226 S. Stuart St. when Carver drove up in a silver Infinity.

Who was wearing the GPS device?

Carver's tiny dog, Nuzzy, the parole officers later discovered, according to an arrest affidavit.

On the day of his arrest, parole officers watched Carver get out of the car and go into the house.

Parole officers went up to the home and saw an underage girl at a window, the affidavit said. But the girl ignored the officers' request to open the door.

Meanwhile, Carver and another parolee, 23-year-old Michael Byrd, tried to flee out the back door, but were captured and arrested by parole officers, the affidavit said.

Carver's trouble began to snowball.

As a convicted sex offender, Carver "is not to have any contact with any juvenile females at any time for any reason," the affidavit said. As a convicted felon, Carver is also prohibited from possessing guns.

But when the parole officers entered the home, they found underage girls inside and guns lying in plain sight, the affidavit said.

Denver police obtained a search warrant for the house and recovered 14 guns, including three AK-47 assault rifles, a pair of bullet-proof vests and helmets and a large amount of ammunition, according to the search warrant's list of seized items.

 Officers also found methamphetamine and crack cocaine in the kitchen and several baggies of narcotics in the Infinity Carver was driving, the affidavit said.

The Stuart Street home is not Carver's listed residence where the parolee is supposed to be living, police said.

Police later interviewed a 28-year-old woman who is leasing the Stuart Street home. She told police she had moved out, but Carver agreed to keep paying that rent at the home.

The woman told police that Carver's GPS monitor "was attached to his little dog Nuzzy's collar, which is why it showed the suspect at this residence," the arrest affidavit said.

Typically, a GPS tracking device is supposed to automatically alert parole officials if someone tries to remove it or otherwise disable it. 7NEWS is asking Colorado Department of Corrections officials why the alarm wasn't triggered when Carver allegedly removed the tracking device and placed it on Nuzzy's collar.   

Meanwhile, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has filed weapon and drug charges against Carver and Byrd.

Carver is charged with possession and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and 28 counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Michael Byrd is charged with possession of cocaine and two counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

"This is the kind of intervention that will help keep our streets safer," Morrissey said in a statement Wednesday. "We acknowledge the good work of the parole officers who played a pivotal role in getting these guns off the street."

Carver and Byrd are being held at the Denver Detention Center. Carver’s bond is set at $50,000 and Byrd's bond is set at $5,000.

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