Routt County District Court sees cases related to distribution of controlled substances

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— Two men went before the Routt County District Court this week for charges related to selling controlled substances across state lines.

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Routt County Sheriff's Office/courtesy

Seth Cross-Pearson

Seth Cross-Pearson previously had pleaded guilty to selling 1 pound of marijuana across state lines, a Class 5 felony, and was sentenced Friday to four years of supervised probation.

As a condition of his probation, Cross-Pearson will serve 15 days in Routt County Jail, according to a news release.

“The voters have approved medical and personal use of marijuana in this state,” District Attorney Brett Barkey said in the release. “However, voters made clear that to protect legal producers and users in this state, any distribution of marijuana grown in Colorado across state lines would be strictly prohibited. Mr. Cross-Pearson exceeded what the voters approved by selling his excess marijuana to a dealer in Pennsylvania.”

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Routt County Sheriff's Office/courtesy

Anthony P. Tate III

On Thursday, Anthony P. Tate III was found guilty by a Routt County jury of distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance.

Tate attempted to send more than 120 grams of powdered cocaine to Pennsylvania through FedEx, according to a news release. He also was found guilty of possession of a controlled substance for about 150 grams of cocaine that was found in his Steamboat condo.

Tate was represented by Larry D. Combs, and District Attorney Han Ng prosecuted the case.

“This is an appropriate outcome for Mr. Tate, and we are grateful to the jury for their service and for their careful consideration of this case,” Barkey said in the release.

Tate is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 17. Because Tate previously was convicted for a similar crime and because of the amount of cocaine involved, he faces a mandatory prison sentence of 8 to 24 years, according to the release.

In both news releases, Barkey thanked the All Crimes Enforcement Team, Steamboat Springs Police Department and Routt County Sheriff’s Office. In Cross-Pearson’s case, Barkey also thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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