Steamboat Springs hotel room search reveals 149 grams of methamphetamine

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Routt County Sheriff's Office/courtesy

Cory Alexander Sohonyay

— Police say they found 149 grams of methamphetamine Wednesday in a Steamboat Springs hotel room where a 40-year-old man was staying.

Cory Alexander Sohonyay was arrested at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on an unrelated arrest warrant for failing to appear in court. Once he was taken into custody, officers with the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force got a search warrant for a room at the Holiday Inn of Steamboat Springs as well as a motorcycle. A judge has sealed the search warrant, so details about the ACET investigation are not known.

ACET Commander Marvin Cameron wrote in an arrest affidavit that he searched a backpack in Sohonyay’s hotel room and found two bags containing 5.2 ounces of a substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine. Investigators think Sohonyay was going to sell the drug.

The search also revealed a prescription bottle with about 50 pain pills.

The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has formally filed charges against Sohonyay. He has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. He also was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 6 felony related to the oxycodone.

Sohonyay appeared before Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Thursday by video conference.

Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle argued a high bond should be set, partly because of Sohonyay’s 17-page criminal history that included a 1997 methamphetamine drug trafficking conviction that led to a prison term.

Prindle also argued Sohonyay was a danger to the community because of the methamphetamine police say they found in his hotel room.

“Mr. Sohonyay was about to introduce that drug into our community,” Prindle said.

Sohonyay asked that a reasonable bond be set so he could possibly post it and take care of personal matters before facing the consequences related to the charges.

“I’m not a threat to anyone except myself,” Sohonyay said.

Garrecht set his bond at $300,000 and told Sohonyay to get a lawyer.

“The charges you are facing have some significant consequences, so the sooner you can get an attorney, the better off you will be,” Garrecht said.

Sohonyay is due back in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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