Steamboat man faces heroin distribution charge |

Steamboat man faces heroin distribution charge

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man on probation for possessing heroin now faces a felony drug distribution charge.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled over Ian Purdom on Wednesday around noon while Purdom was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 toward Steamboat Springs.

Ian Purdom

The trooper knew Purdom had a revoked license, and his vehicle registration sticker was not visible, according to an arrest affidavit.

Purdom was taken into custody.

“Purdom was uncooperative throughout this incident and called me several profane names,” the trooper wrote in the arrest affidavit.

The trooper searched Purdom and found foil with a suspected thick black heroin residue along with a straw with residue, according to the affidavit.

Because of the drug paraphernalia, the trooper then searched Purdom’s pickup.

The trooper found a plastic container containing a plastic bag with 8.1 grams of a substance that the trooper described as being a little smaller than the size of a golf ball.

The trooper suspected the substance was heroin, according to the affidavit.

“Due to the quantity of the heroin and the several individual tin foils in a size used for single use, I believed that this quantity was for distribution, not just for personal use,” the affidavit states.

The trooper also searched a bag found in the pickup.

“The bag contained two spoons, each containing a small ball of a brown substance, suspected to be heroin, a used needle, hash oil and a small black dime bag with approximately 1.2 grams of a white rock substance, suspected to be crack/cocaine,” the affidavit states.

Purdom is currently on probation related to an arrest last spring.

A drug dog had indicated there were drugs in the vehicle Purdom was riding in on Rabbit Ears Pass. That car was also traveling toward Steamboat.

Deputies searched Purdom and found 14.2 grams of a substance that tested positive as heroin, according to the affidavit. Inside Purdom’s backpack, deputies found 16 jewelry bags and a scale with a black residue that tested positive for heroin.

As part of a plea deal, Purdom pleaded guilty in May to felony drug possession and was sentenced to two years of probation, according to Routt County Court records.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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