Palisade lawyer charged with felonies in meth bust

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Prosecutors filed three felony drug charges Thursday against a Palisade bankruptcy attorney accused of dealing methamphetamine out of his home.

James Zink, 54, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, said Dan Rubinstein, Mesa County chief deputy district attorney.

Zink also is charged with a sentence-enhancing, special-offender count; possession of less than an ounce of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A confidential informant working for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Western Colorado Drug Task Force told officers on April 19 that meth could be purchased from Zink and that Zink had agreed to sell an eighth of an ounce of meth, according to court records.

The informant was fitted with an audio wire and given $500 in government funds and went to Zink’s house that same day.

A man identified by the informant as Zink sold approximately one gram of suspected meth for $200, court records indicated.

Task force officers and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Zink last week at his home, which doubled as his law practice.

At that time, they found him in possession of a small amount of meth, court records indicated.

They returned to the house the next morning with a search warrant and found an unspecified amount of psilocybin mushrooms, a half-ounce of meth, drug paraphernalia and several firearms, according to court records.

Records with the Colorado Judicial Branch show Zink’s law license was approved in 1983.

Zink is free on $100,000 bond.


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