Iconic Park City figure faces felonies
January 10, 2009
Prosecutors Thursday charged a Park City area man known for his eclectic lifestyle and fun-loving outlook with possession of marijuana and child endangerment, both third-degree felonies.
An initial appearance in 3rd District Court is scheduled Monday at 8:30 a.m. for 72-year-old Ira Sachs. Sachs is also charged with obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded New Year’s Day to Sachs’ Sun Peak home after receiving "a report of a suicidal female who needed assistance," charging documents state.
Sachs met officers at his door, prosecutors claim.
"The odor of marijuana was so prevalent that [a deputy] could detect it when he (was) standing on the front porch of the home with the front door open," charging documents state.
Sachs led deputies to the upstairs master bedroom where a female was lying on the floor, according to Summit County prosecutor Joy Natale.
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"Both officers observed a marijuana pipe with a burnt residue inside of it laying next to the suicidal female," charging documents state. "Both deputies also detected a strong odor of raw marijuana inside the master bedroom The odor of marijuana was so strong in the master bedroom and bathroom area that [a detective] had difficulty breathing."
Inside the home deputies found about 11 ounces of pot, charging documents state.
"[A deputy] also found several items that he recognized as drug paraphernalia including rolling papers, clear plastic baggies, another marijuana pipe, and a grinder," documents filed Thursday in 3rd District Court state.
A 14-year-old girl who was living at the house on Mahre Drive with her mother told a deputy Sachs "leaves his marijuana out for other people to use, and explained that she had smoked marijuana at the New Year’s Eve party [Sachs] had hosted the previous night."
Sachs was not immediately available to comment about the charges. People convicted of third-degree felonies in Utah could be sentenced to serve up to five years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.