Probation sentence for meth suspect


Citing that the defendant had kept herself clean for several months, 14th Judicial Court Chief Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Wednesday morning a defendant arrested in the December 2005 methamphetamine sweep to three years of probation.

Sherry Joanne Bristow, of Craig, pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony.

A sentencing hearing scheduled for earlier this month had been rescheduled for Wednesday.

Though citing the area's methamphetamine problem as a threat to the community, O'Hara imposed the probation sentence on Bristow without jail time. He listed Bristow's prolonged period of clean drug tests as one reason for giving her a probation sentence.

Prosecutors asked for 90 days jail time. Bristow had already served 21 days in jail.

Bristow will be required to comply with terms of the probation agreement, which calls for drug treatment, among other stipulations.

Bristow was one of 15 people arrested in December during a major meth sweep.

Local law enforcement officers and agents from the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team made the arrests after a six-month investigation. Police said they obtained evidence that the defendants sold meth to undercover agents or informants.

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