Two Craig men arrested for opiate distribution |

Two Craig men arrested for opiate distribution

Steamboat Pilot & Today

The All Crimes Enforcement Task Force arrested two Craig men on suspicion of distributing opiates after executing a search warrant on June 27.

Kendall Evan Hickson, 22, and Vincent Eugene Turner, 53, were charged with possession of 48 grams of heroin and 74 oxycodone pills after law enforcement searched a residence in the 500 block of East Third Street, Craig.

Sgt. Marvin Cameron, ACET commander, said he has had several encounters with Hickson and believes he is “still in the game.”

“He continues to sell heroin, in my opinion,” he said. “He’s got to go through the court process … but we believe he is one of the individuals that is actually bringing it to Craig.”

Hickson was out on bond for three felony narcotic cases at the time of his arrest.

According to an arrest report from Craig Police Department, officers were observing the residence when a prescription pill bottle containing oxycodone and cash was pushed out of a window on the southeast end of the building. The pill bottle contained $100 and was in the name of Vincent Turner for 82 oxycodone pills. It had been filled on June 27, and eight pills were missing from bottle.

After contacting Hickson and Turner inside the residence, officers continued with their search.

“In the south bedroom, I noticed that one of the ceiling panels was loose, and I could see insulation,” the arrest report stated.

Upon pulling down the loose panel, two bundles of heroin, adding up to a combined weight of 48 grams, were discovered by law enforcement.

Syringes, spoons containing burnt residue, a digital scale and $1,045 in cash were also located in the residence, according to the arrest affidavit.

Cameron said ACET continues to pursue distributors because of the danger heroin poses to individuals, families and the community.

“It’s terrible,” he said. “Hopefully, people know we’re out working. Hopefully, we’re some type of deterrent to it, and we can change behavior. If it’s not us that change behavior, then it is the judicial court system.”

Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta said he has seen a dramatic increase in heroin use in Craig and across Northwest Colorado.

“The same with Routt County and Steamboat, they’ve had a huge influx,” he said.

Vanatta said some individuals might perceive heroin as more available and a cheaper alternative to prescription opiates or methamphetamine.

According to Vanatta, 48 grams of heroin has a street value of $5,700.

As long as the drugs are on the street, Cameron and Vanatta said their agencies would continue to target distributors.

“We just keep plugging away at doing the enforcement, because it is becoming a bigger and bigger issue,” Vanatta said.

Turner has been released from Moffat County Jail on a $7,500 bond. His first court appearance has not been set.

Hickson will appear in Moffat County Combined Court for a plea hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is still in custody at Moffat Count Jail with bond set at $50,000.

Contact Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or or follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User