Steamboat Springs heroin dealer sentenced

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Elijah Joseph Persons

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Jordan Thomas Persons

— The older of the two brothers charged of dealing heroin in Steamboat Springs has been sentenced to 90 days in Routt County Jail and seven years of probation.

Elijah Persons, 21, was sentenced Monday by Judge Shelley Hill. She ordered him to pay $6,937 in fines and fees and gave him credit for 65 days already served in jail. Elijah Persons can not consume alcohol or controlled substances and must successfully complete all treatment recommended by the probation department.

Elijah Persons had been charged with four felonies resulting from a six-week investigation at the beginning of the year by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. Stuart Hutton, an ACET team member and Steamboat Springs Police Department officer, testified that Elijah Persons sold 2 grams of heroin for $200 to the confidential source. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty to one charge of distribution of heroin, a Class 4 felony.

Elijah Persons’ brother, Jordan Persons, 20, is thought to have played a larger role in distributing heroin in Steamboat Springs.

Hutton testified in court during a preliminary hearing that he bought 21 grams of heroin from Jordan Persons during the course of six undercover buys. Hutton also said Jordan Persons went to Denver multiple times to buy heroin and bring it back for sale in Steamboat, according to a tracker placed on Jordan Persons’ car.

He was charged with 11 felonies, and as part of a deal, he pleaded guilty to distribution of heroin, a Class 3 felony, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance.

According to the plea agreement, Jordan Persons will be screened for the Correctional Alternative Placement Services program in Craig, where he will stay for six to 10 years. Once he completes his term in CAPS, he will serve a two-year sentence in Routt County Jail.

He will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Aug. 16.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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