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Charges reduced because of plea deal in Colorado drug case

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2013 | Drug Charges |

Even individuals charged and convicted with seemingly serious drug possession charges are not always required to serve lengthy sentences. A Colorado man was sentenced to 71 days in jail and four years of probation for allegedly having in his possession cocaine, ecstasy, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, hashish and other drugs at his apartment place.

Though even the judge seemed surprised at the amount of drugs supposedly in this individual’s possession, the judge nevertheless declined to bring down a harsh ruling because of identification problems that originated with Colorado police. Instead, a plea agreement was made that allowed for this individual to serve a relatively short sentence.

It was originally claimed that the individual arrested had been accused of tampering with the evidence by trying to hide ecstasy at another location. A search warrant was then issued for the man’s property. However, footage had since identified any supposed hiding of evidence to have been conducted by another person rather than the individual arrested.

The attorney representing this individual argued that warrants issued were improperly obtained as the result of an “incompetent” investigation. When a plea deal finally came down, all distribution and tampering charges against the individual arrested were dropped. The plea deal may have come about as pursuance of the matter may have also resulted in misconduct charges against the officer conducting the investigation into this matter.

There is more to such arrests than simple charges. The defense attorney made the case that the 23-year old man arrested had spent much of his life taking care of his disabled mother, and he had never benefitted from real parenting. He is still a relatively young man, and hopefully he can get beyond any past issues and turn around his life.

Source: Aspen Daily News, “Man to spend two months in jail for botched drug case,” by Chad Abraham, April 16, 2013

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