DENVER (CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that the suspect in Wednesday’s dramatic high-speed chase around the metro area has been under surveillance by law enforcement for at least two months.

Ryan Stone, 28, had been under surveillance as part of a drug investigation.

After four years on and off in prison for a drug conviction he was released last October. CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger learned that for at least the past two months drug investigators have been watching Stone as part of a suspected drug dealing operation.

Stone’s Centennial home had been under surveillance by the Arapahoe County Impact Team as a possible drug house. He was stopped there on Jan. 9 with $2,400 in folded cash, which was suspected drug money.

On Feb. 6 Stone’s house was under surveillance again. That time Stone was stopped he had $1,600 in folded bills, a scale, syringes and methamphetamine.

On Feb. 12 Stone was stopped for speeding in Aurora and officers found the narcotic hydrocodone and methamphetamine. A sergeant wrote that Stone “became irate, yelling, screaming and crying uncontrollably.”

Stone’s friends say he was determined not to go back to prison. Some of those friends believe Stone was high while the chase was going on.

Stone is now in the Douglas County Jail after being treated for injuries at a hospital and is scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

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