Man sentenced in coke case

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A 31-year-old man was sentenced to two years in prison and fined more than $1,800 for two charges of cocaine possession.

Jose Mejia Perez appeared Monday in District Court and pleaded guilty to the two counts, which are Class 4 felonies.

Mejia Perez received 98 days credit for the time he already has served in jail. He also will serve a mandatory three-year parole after his jail time is completed.

Mejia Perez was arrested March 1 after narcotics enforcement officers watched him sell 3.25 ounces of cocaine, worth $3,500, in a Colorado Mountain College parking lot.

Michael Ryan Wills allegedly purchased the cocaine and was pulled over by police after the transaction. Police reportedly found the cocaine in his vehicle.

Wills appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court for two different cases involving two felony counts. Wills waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and his case was bound over to District Court, where it will be heard June 17.

Mejia Perez's brother, Jaime, 35, also was in District Court on Monday, but public defender Larry Combs said he needed more time with Jaime Mejia Perez's case to clarify some issues with his probation. Jaime Mejia Perez also is charged with possession of Schedule 2 substance. The case was continued to 11 a.m. June 21.

At about the same time Jose Mejia Perez reportedly was observed selling cocaine, the Grand, Routt and Moffat County Narcotics Enforcement Team and police searched his brother's home at 3025 Columbine Drive. They allegedly found six bags of cocaine totaling 17 grams and three bags of methamphetamine totaling 10.98 grams in Jaime Mejia Perez's jacket. Court documents also show that an additional 2.13 grams of meth were found inside a shirt pocket, and 1 gram of marijuana was found in a pill bottle.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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