Suspect attempted to sell marijuana to sheriff's son, sheriff's office says

Posted at 11:54 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 16:48:55-04

TELLER COUNTY — A man hoping to trade marijuana for a dirt bike offered the drugs to a teen on Sunday. The catch? The boy was the sheriff's son.

On Sunday, a 17-year-old in Teller County was approached by a man who wanted to trade marijuana for the teen’s dirt bike that he had advertised for sale on Craigslist, said the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

The teen told his father, Sheriff Jason Mikesell, about the offer and county narcotics detectives started to investigate the case. They arranged a location to feign an exchange of the dirt bike for the marijuana.

On Monday, undercover investigators, deputies and officers from the sheriff’s office, plus the Woodland Park Police Department, arranged a “buy-bust” operation. The potential buyer, Stephen Huber, 25, of Colorado Springs, was taken into custody after he handed 8.53 ounces of marijuana to an undercover detective posing as a juvenile, according to the Teller County Sheriff’s Office.

Huber was charged with a class two drug felony due to the allegation of selling to someone he thought was a minor. As of Tuesday morning, he was being held at the Teller County Jail with a $10,000 bond.

The sheriff’s office said that while marijuana is legal to possess in Colorado, it is illegal to distribute it to juveniles.

In a similar incident in November, Sheriff Mikesell was offered marijuana in exchange for a vehicle for sale on Craigslist. After an investigation, Shawn Langley and Jane Cravens, both of Vail, were arrested and charged with felony drug distribution after bringing four pounds of marijuana to Teller County to trade for the vehicle. That case is still pending in the Fourth Judicial District.