Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — When a Colorado State Patrol trooper pulled over an erratic driver near Ft. Garland last October, he asked the seemingly impaired woman what was inside her rental car.
“Everything,” the woman said, according to his report on the incident.
The trooper had a reasonably good inkling of what the woman was trying to say, since he reportedly saw numerous clear plastic baggies in plain view. But he still wanted to know what the woman meant by the word “everything,” so he asked again.
“Crack … meth,” the woman allegedly said on Oct. 29. “All over the car.”
The woman wasn’t exaggerating, according to the trooper’s affidavit and application for an arrest warrant.
Once a judge signed off on his request to search the vehicle, the trooper allegedly found numerous baggies full of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, along with two baggies full of heroin. The search also reportedly turned up hypodermic syringes, drug paraphernalia, butane torches, acetone, measuring equipment and a handwritten letter that detailed its author’s prior interactions with law enforcement agents.
By that time, suspect Karen Anne Hubble had already failed a sobriety test, and authorities had long since booked her into the Costilla County Jail for driving under the influence of drugs.
But in light of the alleged discovery, prosecutors went on to charge the 30-year-old woman with numerous other felonies, including possession of more than two grams of methamphetamine, possession of more than four grams of cocaine and possession of four grams or less of heroin.
Hubble faces three additional felony charges of possession with intent to manufacture or distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, plus two petty offenses: possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The ensuing case is heading to the preliminary hearing phase on May 1, when Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl is scheduled to review two additional cases, as well.
In the second case, Hubble stands accused of distributing a Schedule II controlled substance (methamphetamine).
The allegations in that case arose after a multi-agency investigation led to the arrests of four other people on cocaine- and methamphetamine-trafficking charges.
Authorities claim that Hubble met a confidential informant at the Wagon Wheel Trailer Park and sold the individual two 29.2-gram baggies of a white powdery substance for $2,400.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Western Regional Laboratory subsequently confirmed that the substance was 81.5 percent pure methamphetamine, although it found that each baggie allegedly contained 27.7 gross grams of the drug.
A third Alamosa County case focuses on allegations that Hubble committed the crime of aggravated third-degree motor vehicle theft.
Authorities say a county resident loaned her 2002 Ford Mustang to Hubble, who said she needed the vehicle in order to visit her dying father in Pueblo.
But when Hubble allegedly failed to return the vehicle the next day, as promised, the woman grew concerned. She told the sheriff’s office that subsequent efforts to recover the vehicle failed, and claimed that Hubble would not return numerous phone calls.
More than six weeks later, someone found a car matching its description in Northglenn. The vehicle had been stripped of its license plates and any other identifying information, according to a sheriff’s report.
Hubble was out of custody throughout that time, since she’d already posted bond in the Costilla County case.
But when she failed to show up at her scheduled court date in San Luis, she became a fugitive from justice. She remained at large until Jan. 29, when the West Metro Drug Task Force arrested her.
Hubble is currently in custody at the Jefferson County Jail in Golden. The jail is holding her on numerous charges that are pending in five Colorado counties, from the Front Range to the San Luis Valley.
A Pueblo County judge placed her under a no-bail hold on a felony intent to distribute charge from that jurisdiction. The jail is also holding her on separate failure to appear warrants from Denver and Costilla counties, and on the Alamosa County charges.
Her next court appearance is set for April 15 in Jefferson County, where she will be arraigned for possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of bail bond conditions.