Arraignment hearing set for meth suspect

A Craig man suspected of being a repeat methamphetamine offender will be arraigned in January.

Steven Wick, 29, is charged with two felonies: distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a second offense, and possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. He appeared in Moffat County Court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

Judge Mary Lynne James set an arraignment hearing -- a hearing during which Wick could enter a plea -- for 1 p.m. Jan. 2 in 14th Judicial District Court.

Wick was one of 15 defendants taken into custody during a December 2005 methamphetamine sweep, one of the biggest drug busts in Moffat County history. He pleaded guilty in March to attempted distribution of meth, a felony, and was sentenced to three years' probation.

He was arrested again in October, during a sweep by officers from the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Another methamphetamine suspect, Landon Walter Mel-quist, also appeared in court Tuesday, although not on criminal charges stemming from his most recent arrest.

Melquist, 25, of Craig, was scheduled to be sentenced in 14th Judicial District Court on charges of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a felony, and possession of marijuana under one ounce, a petty offense.

However, the sentencing hearing was continued. His new hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 8.

Melquist also faces a felony charge of distribution of methamphetamine. The charge stems from a GRAMNET bust earlier this month during which nine suspects were arrested on narcotics-related offenses.

In other court news:

  • One of the Craig Police Department's most-wanted suspects was sentenced Wednesday in 14th Judicial District Court.

Lucille Brucine Bass, 30, was charged with defrauding an innkeeper of more than $500. She was sentenced to one year of probation, 24 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $885 fine.

Bass, along with 13 other fugitives, was listed on the police department's Web site as one of its most-wanted criminals.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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