Suspects nabbed by GRAMNET appear in court

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Three suspects arrested last year by the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team and charged with narcotic-related offenses appeared Monday in 14th Judicial District Court.

The suspects were taken into custody after GRAMNET executed a series of search warrants at the end of 2006.

Landon Walter Melquist, 25, of Craig, pled not guilty to several drug charges during a hearing Monday morning.

In two separate cases, he is charged with possession of one gram or less of a schedule 2 controlled substance, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to manufacture and distribute a schedule 2 controlled substance.

Prosecutors previously had dismissed a charge against Melquist of possession of a schedule 2 controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Judge Michael O'Hara scheduled trials in the criminal cases for June 11 and June 25.

Another suspect, Juan Gabriel Marquez, is charged with conspiracy to sell and distribute marijuana. His case was continued until 9 a.m. Feb. 27.

Melquist and Marquez were arrested in December 2006 along with seven other suspects during a GRAMNET sweep. Officers from the Craig and Steamboat Springs police departments, the Colorado State Patrol and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office assisted with the operation.

In other court news:

April Dawn Sansom, 28, of Craig, appeared for an arraignment hearing Monday in district court.

She is charged with distribution of a schedule 2 controlled substance. The charges stem from a GRAMNET arrest in November.

Her arraignment hearing was continued until 9 a.m. Feb. 27. A court clerk said Sansom is considering hiring private counsel. Public defender Sheryl Uhlmann currently represents Sansom.

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

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