Meth suspect pleads not guilty

A Craig man with possession with intent to sell more than 1 ounce of methamphetamine pleaded not guilty to the charges against him Monday.

Jay Christopher Vatalaro, 25, of Craig is charged with possession with the intent to sell meth and possession of more than 1 ounce of meth.

Vatalaro had an arraignment Monday before Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James, who was filling in for District Judge Michael O'Hara.

Vatalaro plead------ed not guilty to the charges, and the judge set his trial for May 8 and 9.

A pretrial conference is set for March 15.

Vatalaro's attorney, William Fritsche, told the judge he would discuss a possible plea agreement with the prosecution before the case goes to trial.

Narcotics officers arrested Vatalaro on distribution charges in November. The charges allege officers found him in a storage shed at his home in Craig with more than 1 ounce of meth and more than 1 ounce of marijuana.

Two other people were arrested in the storage shed with Vatalaro, but distribution charges against them were dropped.

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