Man waives hearing in cocaine case

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— A man accused of selling cocaine and bringing contraband into Routt County Jail waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday. His case was bound to Routt County District Court.

Michael Sherrod Saunders, 25, of Steamboat Springs recently switched attorneys, opting for Steamboat attorney Larry Combs instead of public defender Trevor McFee. Saunders has said McFee never told him about a plea offer made in his case by the District Att--orney's Office.

Saunders was arrested in July on suspicion of selling cocaine after undercover officers bought the drug from him at his home. While in custody, Saunders was accused of trying to smuggle a pack of cigarettes into the jail, a misdemeanor offense.

Saunders was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing Oct. 5, but the case was continued because he switched attorneys.

On Wednesday, Combs told County Judge James Garrecht that Saunders waived his right to the preliminary hearing and would rather bind the case over.

Saunders will appear before District Judge Michael O'Hara at 3 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

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