Steamboat Springs Jamison Fjoser, the man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in Hayden, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Routt County Court on Thursday.
The preliminary hearing would have resulted in Routt County Judge James Garrecht deciding whether a reasonable person would think Fjoser may have committed the crimes he is accused of.
The case will now move to District Court, where felony cases are heard. Fjoser is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Aug. 19 for his arraignment before 14th Judicial District Court Judge Shelley Hill. Fjoser is being represented by Englewood lawyer Vince Buckmelter.
Fjoser remained in custody at Routt County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail Thursday. The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed 12 drug-related charges against Fjoser, which include manufacturing methamphetamine.
The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Fjoser on March 10. He was wanted by local police after a suspected meth lab was raided Jan. 29 in the Hayden home that Fjoser rented on the town’s main street.
The All Crimes Enforcement Team multijurisdiction drug task force led the raid. Cmdr. Marvin Cameron has been hesitant to reveal specifics about the raid, citing an ongoing investigation.
A judge has sealed many of the documents including arrest and search warrants related to the case. The limited court records available to the public include three pages of electronic messages that police think Fjoser sent.
While police were looking for Fjoser, he communicated with someone electronically on Feb. 10, according to court records.
“I’m trying to decide whether or not to go to Mexico,” Fjoser is suspected of stating. “This will be my third strike.”
Fjoser’s criminal history includes previous drug-related convictions. He was arrested in March 2005 after Steamboat Springs Police Department officers reported finding 11 grams of crystal meth, two syringes filled with liquid meth and leftover chemicals from making meth during a search of Fjoser’s car.
In October 2006, Fjoser pleaded guilty to possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture meth. He was sentenced to four years at the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig.
Fjoser also was convicted of a drug crime in 2006 in Arapahoe County, according to the most recent charges filed against him.
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