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Coloradan faces 9 charges after allegedly fleeing on motorcycle

Akin reportedly found with stolen firearm and fentanyl
Christian Cole Akin, 35, of Pueblo, Colorado, was arrested May 22 after reportedly fleeing from law enforcement and being found with drugs.

A man from Pueblo, Colorado, faces nine criminal charges after being stopped by a San Juan County Sheriff’s sergeant for a traffic violation.

Christian Cole Akin, 35, was charged with a third-degree felony distribution of a controlled substance, a third-degree possession of a firearm by a felon, a fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor driving without a license, speeding and failure to obey traffic signals.

The charges are in connection of an incident shortly before 2 a.m. May 22 in the area of New Mexico 516 and County Road 350.

A San Juan County Sheriff’s sergeant in a marked patrol unit reportedly saw Akin riding a motorcycle with another unidentified motorcyclist at a high rate of speed turning north on County Road 350 from County Road 3500.

The sergeant attempted to pull them over when “they both accelerated” and reportedly “ran the red light” at the intersection of County Road 350 and NM 516, according to the statement of probable cause.

The sergeant did not activate his lights and stated that he “could hear their engines roaring as they drove away,” but then “the sound suddenly stopped rather than fading away,” according to the probable cause statement.

The sergeants drove through the nearby neighborhood and reportedly found Akin sitting on a Suzuki motorcycle in front of a home on County Road 3546, according to the statement of probable cause.

The sergeant ordered Akin from the motorcycle and reportedly noticed a Canik MeteSFT 9 mm pistol in a holster on the man’s hip. According to authorities, it “was flagged as stolen out of Texas,” court records state.

When questioned about this, Akin reportedly said he got the gun from his friend, who “got it from ‘Bam Bam Firearms’ out of Pueblo, Colorado,” and he “claimed to not know that it was stolen,” according to the statement of probable cause.

Akin, who allegedly admitted to riding at 75 mph in a 35 mph zone, reportedly was “wearing multiple jackets and pairs of pants,” which law enforcement stated “is behavior common to people who use narcotics,” because it provides them with places to “hide illicit substances and paraphernalia,” court records state.

The sergeant questioned Akin about narcotics and he reportedly “admitted to smoking fentanyl regularly.” He also allegedly stated that he might have “one pill at the bottom of his backpack,” but then he reportedly changed the statement to he “might actually have hundreds of pills in the bag,” according to the statement of probable cause.

Akin was transported to the San Juan County Detention Center, where his backpack was searched, and law enforcement reportedly found two 16-ounce jars of “hot banana pepper rings,” but the jars were allegedly filled with “hundreds of pills,” believed to be fentanyl, court records state.

Akin had one conviction from October 2015 for possession of dangerous drugs, which made him a felon, according to the statement of probable cause.

He was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center at 9:39 a.m. May 22, and he was released to pretrial services at 1:13 p.m. May 24.