Two Steamboat men charged with marijuana felonies |

Two Steamboat men charged with marijuana felonies

— The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has charged two Steamboat Springs men with felonies related to marijuana.

The charges stem from a search warrant that police served in December at a condo at 1335 Walton Creek Road.

Deputy Police Chief Bob DelValle said officers were looking for a stolen tank of nitrous oxide. The tank was not found. Instead, they found what police suspected was paraphernalia and materials used to make a marijuana concentrate called ear wax, DelValle said.

Andrew C. Knopp and Cole S. Swinehart, both 22, have each been charged with a single count of processing or manufacturing marijuana or marijuana concentrate, a Class 3 felony.

The men were never booked at Routt County Jail. Instead, they were given summonses to appear in court on March 3.

The process to make ear wax can be dangerous. Flameable products like butane are oftentimes used.

In June of 2013, an explosion occurred inside a unit at The Pines condominiums while ear wax was being made. Three teenagers were injured.

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

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