Crime Update: Most-wanted caught by K9 unit, on-foot drug pursuit

Allec Brust

Oct 23: Man on most-wanted list forced out by SWAT, K9 unit

Last Sunday, Fort Collins most wanted Travis Wadena was located by Larimer County police in a mobile home at west County Road 54G.


Wadena has three active felony warrants for robbery, violations of bail bond conditions, and possession of a controlled substance. For each, he has failed to appear for trial.

When police arrived at the mobile home, Wadena refused to comply with officers’ orders to exit. He barricaded himself inside the home.

The SWAT team was called in to continue the attempt to get Wadena to exit. After he did not comply, chemical agents were administered.

After the chemical agents were introduced, SWAT searched the residence to find Wadena was not inside.

A deputy introduced a K9 to search the crawl space underneath the trailer, forcing Wadena out. He was taken into custody with minor scrapes and bruises.

Wadena was booked at Larimer County Jail on the three felony warrants after being evaluated at a local hospital.

Oct. 26: Traffic stop sparks on-foot pursuit for suspect with drugs

A traffic stop turned into an on-foot pursuit by police last Wednesday when the driver fled with illegal narcotics.

Narcotics are psychoactive drugs that induce sleep. Common illegal narcotics include heroin, LSD and ecstasy.

A Larimer County deputy made a traffic stop near North Garfield Avenue and East 50th Street in Loveland because the driver was showing possible signs of intoxication, according to the deputy.


During the traffic stop, the suspect ran away from the deputy and into a field. The deputy pursued on foot and realized the suspect was dropping various objects as he ran.

An onlooking citizen started to chase the suspect after hearing the deputy’s commands. The citizen caught and held down the suspect until the deputy arrived.

Neither the suspect nor the citizen were injured. The suspect, Fort Collins resident Arnet Cotton, was found in possession of illegal narcotics.

Drug paraphernalia was found after a K9 unit was called in to investigate the items Cotton had dropped in the pursuit.

The items discovered include drugs and a handgun. A second handgun and more drug paraphernalia were found in Cotton’s vehicle.

Cotton was booked at Larimer County Jail for the following allegations:

  • Possession of Weapon by Previous Offender (Class 6 Felony);
  • Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance (Class 4 Drug Felony);
  • DUI – Alcohol or Drugs (Misdemeanor);
  • Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor);
  • Driving After Revocation (Misdemeanor);
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Petty Offense); and
  • Traffic Infractions x 3.

Cotton’s bond has been set at $5,000. The charges are currently accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Collegian reporter Allec Brust can be reached at or on Twitter @Brustyyy.