Cocaine case continued

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Cases against two men charged with the sale and distribution of cocaine have been continued to allow for more research.

Jose Mejia Perez, 31, and Michael Ryan Wills, 20, appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court. The two were arrested March 1 after the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team allegedly watched them make a deal for 3.25 ounces of cocaine worth $3,500 in the Colorado Mountain College parking lot.

Perez's attorney, Erick Knaus, asked that his client's case be continued until next week. He said the GRAMNET report is being reviewed in San Francisco, and he has not received a copy. The report is expected to be finished by next week, Knaus said.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht continued the case until March 23.

Perez's brother, 35-year-old Jaime Mejia Perez, who also was arrested in the case, will appear in court Wednesday. Jaime Perez was arrested after GRAMNET officers said they found drugs in his home at 3025 Columbine Drive.

Wills' public defender, Trevor McFee, also asked for a continuance. A status conference in Wills' case was set for April 27.

Shortly after Wills' arrest March 1, he was charged in three 2004 cases involving the distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. He also has an outstanding 2004 case for driving under the influence of alcohol and drug-possession charges.

In the March 1 incident, Wills was charged with possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jose Perez was charged with possession of a controlled substance and distribution of a controlled substance. Jaime Perez was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

All three men remain in the Routt County Jail.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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