The CEO of a Chattanooga trucking firm has been charged along with his wife and son with hosting teen parties at Aspen, Colo., where cocaine and alcohol were freely dispensed.
Arrested were Joseph Lipsey III, 56, who heads Lipsey Logistics, along with his wife, Shira, 44, and son, Joseph Lipsey IV, 19. The charge of distributing cocaine to a minor carries a mandatory prison term of 8-32 years in Colorado.
An affidavit says at a party on Jan.
2 a witness said the elder Lipseys “were there, they were in the basement with us.”
The witness said “there was just some open champagne and open vodka so kids were pouring some and the parents were like it’s not that big of a deal.”
One teen said he was videotaped after he passed out at a Lipsey party.
Police obtained SnapChat video, including one allegedly showing Shira Lipsey with cocaine on a table in front of her.
A mother of one of the teens who attended a Lipsey party said her son told her, “Mom, it was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. They were making it look normal, like they were passing around vitamins.”
Police said they found evidence of cocaine and drug paraphernalia at the Lipsey house.
Joseph Lipsey IV was arrested on his way to Aspen High School, where he is a senior. He was charged earlier with vehicular assault and reckless driving. He wrecked his family’s Tesla in November with four other people in the vehicle.
All three Lipseys made $100,000 bonds.