Pair charged in suspected cocaine case

District attorney levels felony charges at pair investigated by drug task force

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Omar Aguirre-Prieto

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Valentina Rodriguez-Derma

— The Routt County District Attorney’s Office also has filed charges against two people who were being investigated by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

Omar Aguirre-Prieto, 39, and Valentina Rodriguez-Derma, 41, were arrested May 2 after ACET served a search warrant at their Walton Village condo.

Police said in an affidavit filed with the court that they seized an estimated 240 grams of suspected cocaine.

“The suspected cocaine was field tested using a ‘Searchie’ test kit and the suspected cocaine tested presumptive positive as cocaine,” the affidavit stated.

One Class 3 felony charge of distribution of controlled substance has been filed against Aguirre-Prieto. He is being represented by Steamboat Springs lawyer Adam Mayo.

Rodriguez-Derma has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. She also is charged with criminal impersonation, a Class 6 felony, and possession of a forged instrument, also a Class 6 felony. Those charges are related to Rodriguez-Derma providing police with a false name and birthday, according to the affidavit. The affidavit states that officers later found a Mexican driver’s license in the car that had Rodriguez-Derma’s picture and a different name.

Rodriguez-Derma is being represented by Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann. They are both due back in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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