Drug investigation nets one

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— A 45-year-old Oak Creek man has been charged with a felony for allegedly distributing a prescription pain medication.

Robert Chandler was arrested by agents from the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team outside the Oak Creek Police Department Monday afternoon. Chandler was arrested for allegedly distributing Lorcet.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Feb. 1.

This is the second time in a little more than a year that Chandler has been arrested by the drug task force.

Chandler was booked into the Routt County Jail at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $20,000 and he posted the amount later in the day.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann has charged Chandler with distribution of a scheduled II controlled substance, a class-three felony.

"It's a prescription drug that can easily be abused," Feldmann said of Lorcet, which is a narcotic.

Details of the investigation were not available.

The warrant for Chandler's arrest is sealed because the investigation into the matter is continuing, Feldmann said.

"It's still an ongoing investigation involving undercover officers," he said.

Feldmann was surprised Tuesday afternoon to learn that Chandler was able to post the bond.

According to a court document, Chandler listed his occupation as "disabled."

Chandler's next court appearance is set for March 13. At that time, he will be advised of the charge that Feldmann has filed.

Chandler's arrest came after a five-month investigation conducted by the drug enforcement team in cooperation with the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Craig and Oak Creek police departments.

In October 1999, Chandler was arrested for allegedly distributing marijuana, possession of marijuana, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Last June, Chandler was placed on three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class four felony.

Chandler was also given a three-year deferred judgment. He was to stay out of trouble with the law for three years.

If he complied with the order, the charge would be dismissed.

Due to Chandler's arrest, Feldmann filed Tuesday to revoke the deferred judgment, he said.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Feb. 1.

This is the second time in a little more than a year that Chandler has been arrested by the drug task force.

Chandler was booked into the Routt County Jail at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. His bond was set at $20,000 and he posted the amount later in the day.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann has charged Chandler with distribution of a scheduled II controlled substance, a class-three felony.

"It's a prescription drug that can easily be abused," Feldmann said of Lorcet, which is a narcotic.

Details of the investigation were not available.

The warrant for Chandler's arrest is sealed because the investigation into the matter is continuing, Feldmann said.

"It's still an ongoing investigation involving undercover officers," he said.

Feldmann was surprised Tuesday afternoon to learn that Chandler was able to post the bond.

According to a court document, Chandler listed his occupation as "disabled."

Chandler's next court appearance is set for March 13. At that time, he will be advised of the charge that Feldmann has filed.

Chandler's arrest came after a five-month investigation conducted by the drug enforcement team in cooperation with the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Craig and Oak Creek police departments.

In October 1999, Chandler was arrested for allegedly distributing marijuana, possession of marijuana, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Last June, Chandler was placed on three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class four felony.

Chandler was also given a three-year deferred judgment. He was to stay out of trouble with the law for three years.

If he complied with the order, the charge would be dismissed.

Due to Chandler's arrest, Feldmann filed Tuesday to revoke the deferred judgment, he said.

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