Teller Deputies Seize 100-Plus Fentanyl Pills Near Woodland Park

Pile of drugs found in search

Trevor Phipps

Early last week, the Teller County Sheriff’s Office reported a significant drug bust, capped by the seizure of vast amounts of  fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin and other illegal substances.

On Feb. 5,  deputies with the Teller Narcotics Team executed a search warrant on the property located just outside of the Woodland Park city limits, on the south side of the city at 907 S. Woodland Ave.

During the search, authorities found a loaded pistol along with a slew of illegal items including 108 fentanyl pills, 2.6 grams of methamphetamine, 7 loaded needles of heroin, 59 Seroquel pills, 66 Trazadone pills, .55g of heroin and 400 ml of an unknown liquid substance.

Only one of the residents of the home was arrested for the drugs, as 24-year-old Cody Haakensen was taken into custody. Haakensen was charged with two counts of special offender, unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, or sale of a schedule two controlled substance, which are both class two drug felonies.

Suspect Cody Haakensen Booking Photo

He was also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance (a class four drug felony), and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the end of last week, the suspect was still sitting in jail on a $50,000 bond.

According to Teller County Sheriff Lieutenant Wes Walter, the deputies obtained a search warrant for the house after they received a tip from the Department of Human Services (DHS) on Feb. 4 (the day before the arrest). The tip said that 26 year old Rhianna Moret was in violation of a protection order by being with her boyfriend (Haakensen) and that she could be at the residence on S. Woodland Ave.

Suspect Rhianna Moret Booking photo

The deputies searched the house the first time looking for Moret, and they found her in a room of the house hiding under a bed sheet. “We went there looking for a specific person the day before, and that female was arrested,” Lt. Walter said. “And then that led to the search warrant for the drugs.”

Moret was arrested on multiple misdemeanor charges and was taken to the Teller County Jail on a $6,000 bond. Moret was still incarcerated in the jail at the end of last week.

Walter said that during the initial search for Moret, the deputies found probable cause to believe that illegal drugs were in the house. The deputies then went to the judge and got the search warrant, which was executed the next day.

According to Walter, the house was not owned by the suspects and they were the only residents of the home who were participating in illegal activity. The two suspects were staying at Haakensen’s parents’ house at the time of the arrest.