Charges filed in Steamboat heroin case

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March 12, 2012: Heroin investigation in Steamboat yields arrests

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Jordan Thomas Persons

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Elijah Joseph Persons

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Nicholas Stephen Power

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Samuel Lawrence Andrew

— The Routt County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday filed 22 felony charges against four Steamboat Springs men arrested Friday night following a weekslong undercover investigation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force.

The four men suspected of possessing or selling heroin appeared in custody Wednesday before Routt County Judge James Garrecht. Court documents related to their arrests have been sealed because of an ongoing investigation.

Jordan Thomas Persons, 19, was arrested on a warrant Friday after officers pulled over the car he was driving on Rabbit Ears Pass.

Garrecht appointed attorney Leslie Goldstein to represent Persons as a public defender. During a request for bond to be lowered, Goldstein told the judge that Persons has been living in Steamboat for about two years, and his parents have lived here for 15 years. Garrecht lowered Persons’ bond from $100,000 to $50,000. His preliminary hearing is set at 2:30 p.m. April 4.

The following charges have been filed against Persons:

■ Violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, a Class 2 felony. The charge states that Persons was involved with other people in the sale or distribution of heroin.

■ Six charges of distribution of heroin, Class 3 felonies.

■ Two charges related to the conspiracy to sell or distribute 25 to 450 grams of heroin, Class 3 felonies.

■ Money laundering, a Class 3 felony. The charge states Persons conducted financial transactions with money that came from committing a crime.

■ Conspiracy to commit money laundering, a Class 4 felony.

The District Attorney’s Office filed six felony charges against Persons’ brother, Elijah Persons, 21. He was arrested on a warrant Friday while working at his job in Steamboat and is being represented by the Public Defender’s Office. His bond also was reduced to $50,000 from $100,000. His preliminary hearing is set at 2:30 p.m. April 4.

The following charges have been filed against Elijah Persons:

■ Violation of Colorado Organized Crime Control Act.

■ Distribution of heroin.

■ Conspiracy to sell or distribute 25 to 450 grams of heroin.

■ Possession with the intent to sell or distribute heroin, a Class 3 felony.

■ Money laundering.

■ Conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The District Attorney’s Office filed four charges against Samuel Lawrence Andrew, 21. Andrew was a passenger in the car that was pulled over Friday on Rabbit Ears Pass. He is due in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The court appointed attorney Tammy Stewart to represent Andrew as a public defender.

The following charges have been filed against Andrew:

■ Conspired with Jordan Persons to to sell or distribute heroin, a Class 3 felony.

■ Possession of 4 grams or less of heroin, a Class 6 felony.

■ Possession of prescription drug Clonazepam, a Class 1 misdemeanor.

■ Possession of prescription drugs hydrocodone and oxycodone, a Class 6 felony.

In a separate case, the drug task force arrested Nicholas Power, 19, on Friday after serving a search warrant at his home on Spruce Street. Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief Joel Rae said that 10 grams of suspected black-tar heroin was found and that Power might have been viewed as a competitor by the Persons brothers.

Power has hired attorney Carl Stahl. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled at 2:30 p.m. April 11.

Power has been charged with conspiring to sell acid, a Class 3 felony, in October 2010, and possession of four grams or less of heroin March 9.

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

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