PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - Two people were arrested after a helicopter crew spotted them near a wildfire in a Pueblo County park Monday evening, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies said the half-acre fire started around 2:15 p.m. in Pueblo Mountain Park, which is west of Beulah. A helicopter crew doing surveillance over the fire spotted the couple among trees. Deputies climbed steep terrain to reach the suspects, then immediately arrested them.
Deputies said they had been on the lookout for one of the suspects, 34-year-old Dustin Aker, who was wanted out of South Dakota on a parole violation. On Sunday, deputies found Aker's car abandoned in a driveway on Squirrel Creek Road, which is near the park. Near the door of the home, they found a backpack that contained drugs, along with items belonging to Aker and the other suspect, Tiffany Schaack.
Aker is charged with possession of a schedule two controlled substance, possession of a schedule four controlled substance, and trespassing, along with the outstanding warrant.
Schaack, who is also from South Dakota, is charged with possession of a schedule two controlled substance, possession of a schedule four controlled substance, unlawful use of a controlled substance, and trespassing.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire by 6 p.m. Investigators are still working to determine where the fire originated and what caused it.
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