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On Friday, May 5, the Chaffee County Communications Center received information about a possible impaired driver who was observed swerving on U.S. 50 in Poncha Springs. The caller advised that the driver of the vehicle was stopped at a local business in Poncha Springs.

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the location and contacted the driver of the vehicle matching the description provided by the caller. The suspect was identified as Misty M. Rusch a 48-year-old female from Pagosa Springs. She was arrested for suspected DUI, and further investigation revealed that Rusch was found to be in possession of 19 grams, over 275 pills, of Fentanyl, 2 grams of Methamphetamine and a large sum of U.S. Currency.

Rusch was booked into the Chaffee County Detention Facility and charged with:

Unlawful Distribution of a Controlled Substance-Fentanyl, a Class 2 Felony

Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drug Felony 4


Rusch is being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond.