Steamboat heroin dealer sentenced to 8 years in CAPS program |

Steamboat heroin dealer sentenced to 8 years in CAPS program

Matt Stensland
Jordan Thomas Persons

— The younger of two brothers who pleaded guilty to dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs was sentenced last week to eight years in the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig, according to Routt County Court records.

After serving that sentence, Jordan Persons, 20, then will serve a year in Routt County Jail, with credit for 161 days he already served. He must also pay $3,649.50 in fines and costs.

Persons had been charged with 11 felonies related to a six-week investigation earlier this year by the multiagency All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

Stuart Hutton, an ACET team member and Steamboat Springs Police Department officer, testified during a preliminary hearing that he bought 21 grams of heroin from Persons during the course of six undercover buys. Hutton also said Persons went to Denver multiple times to buy heroin and bring it back for sale in Steamboat, according to a tracker placed on Persons’ car.

As part of a plea deal, Persons pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin, a Class 3 felony, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier this month, Persons’ older brother, Elijah Persons, 21, was sentenced to 90 days in Routt County Jail and seven years of probation. Judge Shelley Hill ordered him to pay $6,937 in fines and fees and gave him credit for 65 days already served in jail.

Elijah Persons had been charged with four felonies. Hutton testified that Elijah Persons sold 2 grams of heroin for $200 to a confidential source. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty to one charge of distribution of heroin, a Class 4 felony.

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