4 men accused of dealing cocaine in Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs — Four men arrested Monday by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force are suspected of dealing cocaine.
According to Steamboat Springs Police Department Deputy Chief Bob DelValle, the men were arrested after a series of controlled drug buys arranged by ACET. The investigation began in October.
Not many details about the investigation have been released because paperwork related to the arrest warrants have been sealed by a judge.
The four men were advised of their rights in Routt County Court on Tuesday, and each of their bonds was set at $50,000. Even if the men are able to post bond, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has asked that the men be held.
The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has until Friday to file formal charges against the men.
According to Routt County Jail records, Julio J. Herrera, 24, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful distribution of cocaine. Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said in court Tuesday that he intends to pursue having Herrera declared a special offender, which could enhance a prison sentence, and alleges Herrera dealt more than 4 grams of cocaine.
Prindle said he anticipates filing three distribution charges with three special offender sentence enhancers against Miguel A. Sanchez, 26. He also was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, but Prindle said he was unsure whether he would pursue that charge.
Saul Sandoval Angelino, 37, was arrested on suspicion of a distribution charge and a money laundering charge. Again, Prindle was unsure whether he would pursue the money laundering charge.
Oswaldo Solano Ortiz, 36, was arrested on suspicion of distribution along with the special offender sentence enhancer.
DelValle said it is thought the men know one another, and it is suspected they occasionally worked together in dealing cocaine.
All four of the arrest warrants were served Monday evening and into the night.
DelValle said one of the men was arrested on U.S. Highway 40 while he was driving back from Denver. One of the men was arrested at a restaurant on the south side of Steamboat in the 3100 block of South Lincoln Avenue. The two others were arrested at the Walton Village condominiums.
The Combined Emergency Response Team, which includes Steamboat police officers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies, helped make the arrests.
DelValle said the case still is being investigated. He said at least 1 ounce of cocaine had been recovered during the arrests. One other suspect also is being pursued.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com
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