Meth case pushed back

Lawyer wants to talk to other defendant

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The lawyer for one of the defendants from December's methamphetamine sweep wants more time to gather information before accepting a plea deal for his client, he said Tuesday.

Trixie Rae Albaugh, 30, of Craig, appeared in 14th Judicial District Court on Tuesday for a plea hearing. Albaugh is charged with meth distribution and possession.

Albaugh's att--orney, David Waite, asked Chief Judge Michael O'Hara for a continuance in the case.

Waite said he had been in negotiations with prosecutors about a plea agreement but needed more time before accepting the deal.

Waite said he wants to talk to another of the 15 defendants from December's sweep, Jonathan D. Crook, 24.

O'Hara sentenced Crook in April to four years in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections after Crook pleaded guilty to felony possession of meth.

Waite didn't say why he wants to talk to Crook, but he said he didn't want to make a deal until he does. "We'd probably like to talk to him before we make a decision on a plea offer," Waite said.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said he had no objections to the case being continued.

O'Hara continued Albaugh's case until June 20. The judge told Albaugh that he expected her to take a deal or plead not guilty at the hearing in June.

Albaugh and Crook were arrested in December in one of the biggest meth sweeps in Moffat County history.

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 have evidence that the defendants sold meth to undercover agents or informants.

Albaugh has been out of Moffat County Jail on $50,000 bail since Jan. 24.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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