Attorneys seek plea agreement in Corral case

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A Craig woman who faces six felony drug charges appeared in Moffat County District Court to enter a plea Wednesday, but lawyers on both sides asked for more time to work out a plea agreement.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dave Waite and defense attorney Erick Nordstrom said they are pursuing a plea agreement that could avert a trial in the case. The case includes 10 charges, which complicates the negotiations, Waite said.

Judge Paul R. McLimans granted the continuance until late April, but he told the parties to be ready to conduct some business in the case at the next setting.

"I don't want to continue it over indefinitely," McLimans said.

Charlotte Corral, 36, was arrested Nov. 20 after police raided her house together with officers from the Grand Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRAMNET).

Officers allegedly found marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. More than nine ounces of marijuana was found packaged in eight baggies, according to police.

"Based on my training and experience, I know that drug dealers frequently pre-package amounts of drugs for sale, just as the marijuana was packaged," a Craig police officer wrote in a report of the search.

A baggie full of white powder contained more than 11 ounces of a substance police believe to be cocaine. About 1.8 grams of a crystalline substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine. A lab test is more conclusive. In a day planner that police say belonged to Corral, officers allegedly discovered $1,448 in cash, a ledger of suspected drug customers, "as well as money amounts owed to Corral," according to court documents.

Corral also is charged with two counts of theft by receiving, a Class 4 felony. When police searched Corral's home, they found a 9mm handgun that was reported stolen in July 2003, and a laptop that was reported stolen in June 2003, according to court documents.

Corral was charged as a "special offender," because she allegedly had a loaded weapon while engaged in the distribution of controlled substances, according to a police report. The special offender charge would lengthen a sentence in the case if Corral is found guilty.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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