New charges filed against suspected drug dealer

A Craig man faces new felony drug charges connected to a series of local arrests April 7 by the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRAMNET).

Igncacio Rodriguez, 57, was advised of the six new charges this week in Moffat County Court, while his case, along with the cases two others arrested in last month's raids targeting an alleged drug organization, were delayed.

Rodriguez -- initially charged with felony possession and distribution of a controlled substance in the alleged sale of methamphetamine Jan. 28 involving an undercover GRAMNET officer -- faces three identical counts alleging drug transactions on Nov. 9, Nov. 26 and Dec. 5.

Rodriguez' arrest warrant alleges he sold a GRAMNET officer 39.2 grams of methamphetamine for $650 on Jan. 28. Rodriguez' preliminary hearing was pushed back to July 8 in Moffat County Court, while he remains free on bond.

Similar hearings for Luis Alcantar Burciaga, 26, and Roberto Loya, 26, also were delayed.

Burciaga's case is rescheduled for May 28, while Loya will return May 27 to Judge Mary Lynne James' courtroom. Burciaga is charged with possession and distribution of cocaine in another alleged drug sale. He allegedly sold 3.5 grams of the drug for $180 on Nov. 4., according to the arrest warrant.

Burciaga remains in the Moffat County Jail, held at the request of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Loya is being held on $20,000 bond at the jail and is charged with possession and distribution of cocaine in an alleged March 31 transaction.

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

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