Steamboat Springs A Hayden man pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and was sentenced to 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections on Friday.
“For whatever reason you were doing this, what you were doing was a cancer in our community,” District Court Judge Shelley Hill said to Jamison Fjoser, 37.
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office had filed 12 drug-related charges against Fjoser, who was arrested about a month after members of the All Crimes Enforcement Team raided a home he rented on Jefferson Avenue in Hayden on Jan. 29.
The guilty plea was part of a plea deal offered by Rusty Prindle, Routt County’s Chief Deputy District Attorney. Prindle said he had a strong case and he was prepared to go to trail. He consulted with probation supervisors when crafting the deal that he thought was appropriate.
“Meth is a dangerous addictive drug, and it ruins people’s lives,” Prindle said after the hearing. “People who introduce this dangerous drug in our community must be dealt with harshly.”
Fjoser pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony, and maintaining property for unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, a Class 1 misdemeanor. The other 10 charges were dismissed. Fjoser was sentenced immediately after entering his guilty pleas. Hill sentenced Fjoser to 12 years for the felony and 30 days for the misdemeanor, five years of mandatory parole, and ordered him to pay a $4,500 drug surcharge.
“This is destructive to any community, and you did it,” Hill said during the sentencing.
Fjoser chose to have his attorney speak for him.
“This is truly a situation where Mr. Fjoser had an addiction, and he was fueling that addiction by making this drug that he could take,” Englewood attorney Vince Buckmelter said. “I do think that if he could stay off the drugs, he has a bright future.”
Prindle commended the work done by ACET on the case, which involved obtaining a search warrant and collecting evidence.
“Our communities are better and safer places to live because of the work that they do,” Prindle said.
Fjoser was not home when ACET conducted the raid. Police thought he was planning on fleeing to Mexico, but the U.S. Marshals Service found him March 10 in Arapahoe County.
Prindle said he considered Fjoser’s criminal history when deciding on a plea offer.
In October 2006, Fjoser pleaded guilty to possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine. He was sentenced to four years at the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig. He successfully completed that sentence.
Fjoser also was convicted of a drug crime in 2006 in Arapahoe County.
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