Meth suspect waives preliminary hearing |

Meth suspect waives preliminary hearing

One of the 15 people arrested during a December methamphetamine sweep waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.

The preliminary hearing for Jonathan D. Crook, 24, of Craig, had been scheduled for Monday in Moffat County Court, but Crook waived his right to the hearing, Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said.

By waiving the hearing, Crook, who is charged with felony distribution and possession of meth, can negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors, Stern said.

Crook is serving a one-year sentence for attempted criminal trespassing in the Huerfano Correctional Facility in Walsenburg. He is scheduled for release on the trespassing charge in June, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Crook was jailed on the trespassing charge after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors in 2005. Crook originally was charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and second-degree assault after an incident in 2004 that led to a 12-hour standoff with police.

Stern said prosecutors had all of the paperwork prepared to bring Crook to Craig from the prison in southern Colorado, but Crook waived his right to the hearing without being brought to Craig.

Crook was one of three people arrested in the December meth sweep who were in the Moffat County Jail on separate charges at the time of their arrests.

Local law-enforcement officers and the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team rounded up the suspects Dec. 21, 22 and 29 after a six-month investigation.

Charges against one of the suspects, Gabriela Grijalva-Monrreal, 18, were dropped in January when authorities realized she was 17 at the time of the alleged meth sale. The District Attorney’s Office could pursue juvenile charges against Grijalva-Monrreal. Juvenile court cases are sealed.

The remaining defendants — nine men and five women — face felony charges of distributing meth and felony possession of meth.

Police say they have evidence that all 14 people sold drugs to undercover officers and informants.

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