Craig man sentenced to prison for drug offense |

Craig man sentenced to prison for drug offense

Bryan Keith Koppe

A Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a 27-year-old Craig man to prison Tuesday for a drug offense.

Brian Keith Koppe pleaded guilty in district court to attempted possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class 4 felony.

He did not attend Tuesday’s hearing — he is currently in custody at the Sterling Correctional Facility — but appeared by phone and was represented at the hearing by Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith.

After entering his plea, Koppe addressed the court. Letters from his parents were also submitted to the judge.

Judge Shelley Hill sentenced Koppe to five years with the Department of Corrections.

His plea and sentence were part of an agreement reached with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Koppe will also be put on three years of probation upon being released from custody, according to the agreement.

The charge Koppe pleaded to was amended from possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

The amended charge was a result of the plea deal. The substance in question was an analog of methcathinone.

Koppe was arrested in July 2010 in Craig as result of a joint investigation between the All Crimes Enforcement Team and the United States Postal Service.

According to court records, Koppe was the recipient of a package mailed to him that allegedly contained a substance originally thought to be methamphetamine.

ACET reported that a field test confirmed the package was meth, but the substance was sent to the Colorado Bureau for more testing.

Smith told Hill that at the time of the delivery, Koppe had been laid off and “exercised poor judgment.”

Before sentencing, Koppe apologized to the court, the county and Correctional Alternative Placement Services, and said he never had any criminal intent with the substance.

“I ordered the chemical off a website online and never realized Colorado had an analog law,” Koppe said. “If I did, I would not have followed through with the purchase.”

Burglary suspect enters not guilty plea

A 38-year-old Craig man who was arrested and charged with felonies stemming from an alleged burglary pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Shane Meimerstorf entered his before Judge Hill.

He is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies, two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony, violation of bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Public defender Emily Wickham is representing him.

Hill set trial for July 18 to 20.

Meimerstorf was arrested November 2010 with Scott Steckel after the two were allegedly found in possession of various tools and a bike that had been reported missing.

According to records, officers followed shoe prints and bicycle tire tracks left in the snow near the area from which the items were allegedly taken and were led to a residence where Meimerstorf lived.

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