Man sentenced in cocaine case

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A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail for possession of cocaine.

Emilio Castillo, 43, pleaded guilty in October to possessing less than 1 gram of the controlled Schedule 2 substance, a Class 6 felony, as part of a plea agreement under which other charges, including intent to distribute cocaine and five traffic offenses, were dismissed.

At Wednesday's sentencing, District Judge Paul McLimans said Castillo would receive 106 days of credit for time served. Castillo has been in custody since Sept. 13, when Routt County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Murphy pulled him over on U.S. Highway 40 near Milner.

Murphy reported smelling alcohol on Castillo's breath and finding 23 1/2 grams of cocaine in the car.

Castillo's attorney, Larry Combs, said Wednesday that Castillo would be arraigned in Adams County court next week on a felony theft charge.

Authorities claim Castillo has as many as 17 aliases. Combs said he was not a legal resident of the United States.

McLimans said that after Castillo completes his sentence in Routt County and other possible sentences in Adams and Castle Rock counties, he would face deportation.

He also is liable for more than $1,000 in court fees.

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence @steamboatpilot.com

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