Man pleads guilty to cocaine charge

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A 31-year-old man pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine Monday as part of a plea bargain that dropped a felony charge of distributing cocaine.

Jose Mejia Perez appeared in District Court on Monday on charges of possession of a controlled Schedule 2 substance and distribution of a controlled substance. The District Attorney's Office dropped the distribution charge, and Perez pleaded guilty to possessing more than one gram of cocaine, a Class 4 felony.

Part of the plea bargain was an agreement for Perez to serve two years in the department of corrections, according to court documents. Because U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement is holding Perez, he still could be deported. Perez was told in court Monday that the District Court did not have any authority on deportation.

Perez was arrested March 1, after Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officials said they watched him sell 3 1/4 ounces of cocaine, worth $3,500, in a Colorado Mountain College parking lot.

Perez reportedly sold the co--caine to Michael Ryan Wills. After the transaction, police pulled over Wills in his truck and found cocaine in the center console, police say.

After the sale was completed, officers contacted Perez inside Willett Hall on the CMC campus. Officers found $3,500 in cash on Perez, police Capt. Joel Rae said.

At about the same time as the transaction, GRAMNET and police officials searched the residence of Perez and his brother, Jaime Mejia Perez, at 3025 Columbine Drive.

Officers found six bags of cocaine totaling 17 grams and three bags of meth totaling 10.98 grams in Jaime Perez's jacket. GRAMNET also found a bag with 2.13 grams of meth inside a shirt pocket and a pill bottle with one gram of marijuana, according to court documents.

On April 18, Jaime Perez, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, and charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana were dropped.

Wills' case is still in Routt County Court, where it has been continued until May 4.

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