Man takes deal in meth case |

Man takes deal in meth case

One of 14 people arrested in a December methamphetamine sweep accepted a plea agreement Tuesday, and another suspect pleaded not guilty to drug charges.

Jonathan Zane Herod, 42, of Craig, pleaded to a felony possession charge in Moffat County Court. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped other charges, including two meth distribution charges.

The second suspect, Troy Neal, 35, of Craig, pleaded not guilty in 14th Judicial District Court on Tuesday to charges of meth distribution and possession.

Herod and Neal were two of 15 people arrested in December in a major meth sweep. Local law enforcement officers and agents from the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team made the arrests after a six-month investigation. Charges against one of the 15 suspects have since been dropped.

Herod appeared in Moffat County Court Tuesday via teleconference from Moffat County Jail.

Herod’s attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, told Judge Mary Lynne James that under the terms of the plea agreement, Herod pleaded guilty to a felony possession charge and would serve four years in the Department of Corrections.

James set Herod’s case for sentencing March 1.

Herod was the first person from December’s sweep to bond out of jail.

Police rearrested Herod Jan. 31 at the Moffat County Courthouse after he allegedly failed a court-ordered drug test.

In Neal’s case, District Judge Michael O’Hara scheduled a jury trial July 11.

At a preliminary hearing this month, a narcotics officer testified that Neal sent a woman to sell 3.7 grams of meth to an undercover informant in Sept–ember.

Neal is the first person from December’s sweep to plead not guilty to the charges.

Neal also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to theft and forgery charges from a separate case. Judge O’Hara scheduled that case for trial May 30.

Also Tuesday, Judge O’Hara sentenced one of the three periphery figures arrested in December’s sweep to six months in jail.

Brendan Michael Brown, 23, was arrested during December’s sweep but was not charged with meth distribution. Police arrested Brown at a home in Craig during the sweep and charged him with possession of a controlled substance. Police said they found a meth pipe in Brown’s jacket.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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