Hearing to determine fate of liquor store: Owner, employee face drug counts

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By AJ Vicens

Mustang Wine and Spirits, next to King Soopers at Ken Caryl and Simms, could reopen in October under a different name and with new owners.

The current owner, Ryan L. Braswell, had his liquor license suspended after he and an employee were arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana at the store.

The liquor license was suspended in early September, and an Oct. 1 hearing before the Jefferson County Liquor Licensing Authority will determine if a new owner will be able to take over the site's license.

Braswell, 30, and one of the store's employees, Mark Glasson, 25, were arrested Aug. 14 at the store, according to Jefferson County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacki Kelley. Deputies were sent to the store in the morning before normal business hours, apparently because the store's front door was open and an alarm was sounding. When deputies arrived, they searched the store and found alleged cocaine on a desk in the office. The deputies contacted Braswell, and Glasson subsequently came to the store.

"Through conversation with those two, deputies determined who owned the cocaine," Kelley said. "Marijuana was also found."

Kelley said that after further investigation, sheriff's investigators suspect marijuana was being sold from the store.

Braswell was charged with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and misdemeanor possession of 1 to 8 ounces of marijuana, according to district attorney spokeswoman Pam Russell.

Glasson was charged with the same three crimes plus two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, Russell said.

The owner of another business in the shopping center who did not want to be identified said there were rumors of drug sales at the liquor store.

"One of my customers said he saw a drug deal in the parking lot …," the woman said. "… I think most people started to know what was going on."

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