Additional charges in coke case

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New charges were filed Wednesday in the case against a man accused of selling cocaine near Soda Creek Elementary School.

Cosme Orlando Lopez, 22, of Steamboat Springs, appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday for the preliminary hearing and also found out that he will face a new felony charge of distribution of methamphetamine.

Lopez and his roommate, Jesus Alvarez Frias, 44, of Steamboat, are accused of selling cocaine and meth from their home in the 500 block of Pahwintah Street. Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officers arrested the men in June.

The new charge accuses Lopez of selling meth from his home, the same place that he is being accused of selling cocaine. The home is about 200 feet from Soda Creek Elementary School.

GRAMNET officer Matt Harmon testified at Lopez's preliminary hearing.

Harmon testified that GRAMNET used a confidential informant June 9 to purchase cocaine from Lopez. GRAMNET officers got a warrant to search the home the next day and found the same dollar bills used during the transaction in a bedroom, Harmon said.

Public defender Trevor McFee, who is representing Lopez, questioned the credibility of the informant and where the money was found.

Harmon said the money was found in Lopez's roommate's bedroom and that he did not have the money on him when he was arrested.

McFee also questioned how well Harmon could discern voices from the conversation the informant taped and said that the transaction may not have included Lopez.

Garrecht decided that there was enough evidence to continue the case. Lopez is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 in District Court.

Also in court Wednesday was a man sentenced last week to four years in prison for charges including aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Frederick Charles Weis, 24, of Craig, faces new charges of indecent exposure and harassment after several Routt County Jail inmates reported that Weis exposed his genitals to them and performed a lewd act with drinking straws.

He will be back in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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