Drug sting nets second suspect in two days

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— A sting by a multijurisdictional drug task force has netted a second arrest involving the distribution of a prescription drug and cocaine.

Kevin James Petty faces two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

The 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday afternoon because of an investigation conducted by agents from the Grant, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Petty's arrest happened the same day drug agents arrested his roommate, 23-year-old Matthew Paul Verracci, on similar charges.

According to court records, Petty sold the drug alparazolam, which is known as Xanax, and cocaine in a sting operated by the task force in February.

Petty allegedly sold an undercover informant 20 Xanax pills for $80. The man also allegedly sold a gram of cocaine to the person, court records show.

The informant also allegedly purchased drugs from Verracci that same day.

Verracci allegedly sold eight Xanax pills for $30 and 7 grams of cocaine to the person, records show.

The prescription drug is used to treat anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia and anxiety caused by depression.

The distribution of the drugs allegedly happened at the men's residence in the 3400 block of La Roca Court.

Although Petty was arrested and booked into the Routt County Jail, he later posted $5,000 bail.

Verracci is being held in the county jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Drug agents started to focus on Verracci and Petty after receiving an anonymous tip in early February.

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