Man pleads guilty to cocaine charge

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A 35-year-old man pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine Monday as part of a plea bargain in which other felony charges were dropped.

Jaime Mejia Perez appeared Monday in District Court on charges of possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies, and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. He also was arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

In court, Perez pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. The other two felony charges were dropped. The charge is a Class 6 felony and comes with a penalty of up to 18 months in prison and one year on parole and up to a $100,000 fine.

A sentencing hearing for Perez was set for June 6.

Perez also is being held for the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, and District Judge Paul McLimans warned that the organization could decide to deport him.

Perez was arrested March 1 after the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team reported they found drugs in his residence at 3025 Columbine Drive.

The police found six bags of cocaine totaling 17 grams and three bags of meth totaling 10.98 grams in his denim jacket, reports indicate. GRAMENT also found a bag with 2.13 grams of meth inside a shirt pocket and a pill bottle with one gram of marijuana, court documents state.

A 21-year-old woman told police she purchased cocaine from Perez 10 times in the past three months and watched him get the cocaine from a bedroom closet. The woman described the same closet in which the one drugs were found, according to court documents.

Mejia Perez's brother, Jose Mejia Perez, also was in District Court on Monday. His case was continued to May 2 so more time could be taken for discovery and negotiations.

Jose Mejia Perez also was arrested March 1 as part of the drug bust. A GRAMNET officer said he watched the man sell 3.25 ounces of cocaine, worth $3,500, in a parking lot.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance.

At about the same time as the drug transaction, officers were searching the brothers' residence.

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