Cops: Man dealt drugs at Central
A Pear Park man faces allegations he repeatedly sold a synthetic hallucinogen to Central High School students, on the school’s property, earlier this year.
Dustin Weixel, 18, is being held at the Mesa County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond following his arrest Friday on suspicion of multiple charges, including distribution of a schedule I controlled substance to a minor, a sentence-enhancing charge of distribution on school grounds and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Weixel had been the focus of an investigation since April 10 after he was issued a trespassing notice for being at Central High School, 550 Warrior Way, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Weixel was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and several sheets of colored paper with tabs of “25C,” or “acid,” a synthetic drug similar to LSD. He initially denied selling the sheets to Central kids, the affidavit said.
“I asked him what the difference was between the marijuana and the 25C,” an officer wrote in the affidavit. “Weixel said he did not believe anyone under 18 should use it (25C).”
Weixel gave consent for officers to search his cellphone, which turned up drug-related text exchanges with at least four students of the school.
When pressed, Weixel allegedly admitted dealing the drug since the fall of 2012 and said he had “nine or 10” repeat customers, the affidavit said. There was evidence on the cellphone Weixel had customers as young as 13.
The drugs at issue are consumed in micrograms; approximately six doses of “25C” can fit on a sheet the size of a postage stamp, according to the Western Colorado Drug Task Force. Symptoms of use include paranoia, insomnia and confusion.
The affidavit says law enforcement spent “months” analyzing the contents of Weixel’s cellphone since they first contacted him at Central High School on April 10. The arrest warrant was signed just last Thursday. The affidavit doesn’t otherwise explain law enforcement’s delay in seeking an arrest warrant.
The analysis of Weixel’s cellphone identified texts with 77 separate individuals about selling “acid,” six of them juveniles, according to affidavit.
Several messages referenced suspected deals at the “Central skate park.”