Craig man to be arraigned on drug charges in March

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A Craig man facing felony drug charges from a January police raid will be arraigned next month in District Court, while his sons have pleaded guilty to separate charges.

Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday set the case of 49-year-old Chris Brown before Judge Michael O'Hara March 31.

Brown at that time could enter a plea on charges of class-three felony possession of manufacturing chemicals or supplies, schedule II controlled substance, and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, class-four felony cultivation and distribution of marijuana, class-one misdemeanor possession of more than one, but less than eight ounces of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.

A conviction on either of the class-three felony counts could send Brown to state prison for two to 32 years. Possible fines range between $3,000 and $750,000.

Brown and his two sons, Daniel Jacob Brown, 26, and Dylan James Brown, 20, were arrested after officers with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team searched their Sandrock Drive home Jan. 23 for a suspected methamphetamine lab.

Both Daniel and Dylan Brown Tuesday pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia -- both petty offenses.

Each was ordered to pay $392 fines.

They were originally charged with misdemeanor possession of more than one, but less than eight ounces of marijuana, in addition to the paraphernalia petty offense.

GRAMNET officers allegedly found 35 suspected marijuana plants in a closet at the Brown home and three "bindles" of a powdery substance weighing just over 15 grams, according to court documents.

One bindle tested positive on-scene as methamphetamine, while a pill bottle positively tested for the drug's presence, according to court documents.

Police following the raid said the house didn't have an active drug lab.

Numerous items used in the production of methamphetamine were found in a garage, court documents state.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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