Man found unconscious, suspected of dealing drugs
March 11, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs police arrested a 29-year-old man Thursday after finding him unconscious from a suspected drug overdose.
About 12:45 p.m., police officers and firefighters were called to Torium Plum, where Nicholas J. Mangione was found unconscious in a public restroom, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court.
Police found a man holding Mangione’s head up and his mouth open so he could breathe. His face was flushed and pale.
Emergency responders suspected a drug overdose.
As firefighters were taking Mangione to an ambulance on a gurney, he broke free and tried to run away. He was detained and taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center.
In one of the restroom stalls, police found a sunglasses case Mangione said was not his.
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According to the affidavit, inside the case were two meth pipes with residue that tested positive as meth. Officers also found a plastic bag filled with pieces of plastic that police reported are commonly used to distribute drugs. Also found were several pieces of foil and and small, uninflated balloons that are used to sell drugs, according to the affidavit. A metal spoon with residue and scorch marks was found, as well as three packages of Suboxone, a painkiller.
Also in the case was a rock-like substance that tested positive for meth, along with a tar-like substance that was consistent with the appearance of heroin, the affidavit states.
Police searched Mangione’s belongings and found hollowed pens with residue that tested positive for heroin, the affidavit states. More small bags were found in Mangione’s coat.
At the hospital, police observed Mangione throw something into a trash can. Police found a bag with a material that tested positive for heroin, along with a syringe cap, the affidavit states.
Police returned to the restroom and found a syringe on the floor under the sinks.
Mangione was arrested on suspicion of felony unlawful distribution, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.