Father, son jailed in GJ drug raid

Police executing a search warrant Wednesday night at a Grand Junction home arrested a father and son on suspicion of dealing small amounts of marijuana out of their home.

Patrick Sneddon, 47, and his son, Erik, 21, were released from the Mesa County Jail on Thursday after signing personal-recognizance bonds a day after their arrests on suspicion of multiple drug-related charges.

Both were jailed after the Grand Junction Police Department’s street crimes unit served a warrant to search at the family home, 2508 Elm Ave.

An arrest affidavit said officers found a baggie holding less than two grams of methamphetamine in Patrick’s bedroom, aside from a loaded shotgun on his son’s bed.

“Patrick made the spontaneous statement that he did sell marijuana but that many of his customers did not have medical marijuana cards,” the affidavit said. “When told that this act was illegal, Patrick continued to say that he did not really sell the marijuana but that he would give it to people and that they would give him something back in consideration.”

Brass knuckles were removed from his son’s pants, the affidavit said.

Erik Sneddon allegedly told officers he, “must not have been following the marijuana regulations closely enough,” the affidavit said.

An unspecified amount of marijuana was recovered from his room, while five plants were growing in the yard of the home. Erik Sneddon also had a “to-do” list in his bedroom with bullet points, one reading, “sell more weed.”

Police began investigating after a neighbor July 31 made a complaint about people coming and going from the Sneddon home, staying just a short time. Two days after the complaint, the same neighbor reported watching a “hand-to-hand” drug deal outside the home.

Officers obtained warrants after police on Friday arrested two men, ages 23 and 19. One of the men claimed he’d been buying marijuana from Patrick Sneddon for two years.

During a first court appearance Thursday, Public Defender John Burkey told a judge the elder Sneddon is being treated by doctors for several burst disks in his back. County Court Judge Bruce Raaum ordered Sneddon will be prohibited from using marijuana as a condition of posting bond, despite Sneddon’s claim of holding a medical marijuana license for back pain.


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