Man receives probation for distributing cocaine for former girlfriend
September 19, 2014
Steamboat Springs — The final person facing charges related to a cocaine-dealing investigation in Steamboat Springs was sentenced Friday at the Routt County Justice Center.
The man will have to complete 100 hours of community service and be on probation for three years. He received the most lenient sentence of the three people who were charged after the 2012 investigation.
The man originally was charged with a single count of unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale or possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.
The man, who was represented by Steamboat attorney Patrick Welsh, accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to attempting to distribute. He was offered a deferred judgment, meaning if he does not violate the conditions of probation, the Class 4 felony charge will be dropped, and the man can have records related to the case sealed.
Deputy District Attorney Eliot Thompson recommended to Judge Shelley Hill that the man not be sentenced to time in jail.
It was believed that (the man) distributed drugs to an undercover cop during a controlled buy for the man’s girlfriend at the time, Margie "Maggie" A. Levin.
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Thompson said he believed the man’s involvement was limited to that one incident, and the man did not receive any compensation.
“You got sucked into it, and that’s unfortunate,” Hill said to the man.
As a result of an investigation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force, Levin was convicted at trial for her role in two drug deals. She was sentenced to four years in prison.
Prosecutors think Levin was getting her drugs from Trevor Rice, who pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony. Rice is serving a five-year sentence.
Hill said she did not think jail was appropriate for the man, and the community had already learned that such crimes would not be tolerated.
“I think that message was sent loud and clear to this community when I sentenced Mr. Rice and sentenced Ms. Levin,” Hill said.