Cocaine case bound over

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The case against a man accused of selling cocaine and methamphetamine near Soda Creek Elementary School was bound over to District Court on Wednesday.

Jesus Alvarez-Frias, 44, has been charged with distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. He is being charged as a special offender charge because the distribution took place near a school.

He will appear in the 14th Judicial District Court at 10 a.m. Aug. 26.

Alvarez-Frias and Cosme Orlando Lopez, 22, of Steam--boat Springs, were arrested by GRAMNET officers at their home in the 600 block of Pahwintah Street in Steamboat. GRAMNET searched their house and found 13 grams of cocaine and 12 grams of methamphetamine in a safe in the home, police said. The meth appeared to be packaged for distribution. No weapons were found in the home.

Lopez, who also has been charged with distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance near a school, is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Routt County Court.

The men are the only two people who live in the home. The crime is more severe because the men allegedly were distributing the drugs less than 200 feet from Soda Creek Elementary School.

Also on Wednesday, the Routt County case against the man who allegedly escaped from the Correctional Alternative Placement Program in Craig and then resisted arrest by Steamboat police was continued until July 20.

Danny Wayne Willingham, 33, has been charged with felony escape in Moffat County and with resisting arrest and false reporting in Routt County.

In court Wednesday, Public Defender Trevor McFee said a resolution on the escape charges was expected when Willingham appears next Wednesday in Moffat County Court. Accordingly, Routt County Judge James Garrecht continued Willingham's Routt County charges for a status conference July 20.

Willingham was arrested June 15 by Steamboat Springs police after escaping from CAPS the day before. He was serving a one-year sentence for attempted criminal mischief and was about to be transferred to the Moffat County Jail when he escaped.

He reportedly got a taxi voucher from LIFT-UP in Steamboat because its systems were down, and so his background could not be checked. When LIFT-UP officials realized Willingham was wanted in Moffat County, they notified Steamboat police, who intercepted Willingham where he was waiting for a bus.

Willingham gave officers false information and tried to run away. Two officers tackled him and stunned him with a Taser because he allegedly was being combative.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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