Former Steamboat woman convicted at trial of selling drugs

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Margie "Maggie" A. Levin

— A former Steamboat Springs resident will be sentenced to a minimum of four years in prison after being convicted on drug charges.

A trial that began Monday in Routt County District Court concluded Wednesday with the jury finding Margie “Maggie” A. Levin guilty on all charges. She was convicted of two counts of conspiring with someone to sell methamphetamine and two counts of selling methamphetamine. All the charges were Class 3 felonies.

Levin was not in custody during the trial, and she was not taken into custody after the verdict was read. Her sentencing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Aug. 15. For each of the charges, Levin could be sentenced to a minimum of four years and a maximum of 16 years. Judge Shelley Hill will decide whether the sentences will be served concurrently or consecutively.

The charges against Levin were the result of an investigation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force. According to Levin’s arrest warrant, ACET used a confidential source to arrange for the purchase of 56 grams of cocaine from Levin on Aug. 24, 2012, in Steamboat Springs for $2,500 plus a $500 fee. The white substance later was tested by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and identified as methamphetamine.

Prosecutors argued Levin also was involved with a second sale of 28 grams of methamphetamine.

Prosecutors believed Levin was getting her drugs from Trevor Rice. Rice, 28, was sentenced in January and is serving a five-year sentence at the Colorado Correctional Center in Golden. As part of a plea deal, Rice pleaded guilty to a single Class 3 felony.

Rice was brought to Routt County to testify at Levin’s trial.

Assistant District Attorney Han Ng and Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Brown prosecuted the Levin case. Levin was represented by Denver attorney Dan Deters.

After the trial Wednesday, Deters said that the District Attorney’s Office had offered Levin a plea deal before the trial. Deters said the offer involved Levin either serving a four-year prison sentence, or she could have left it up to a judge to decide a sentence of between two and eight years.

A third man was charged as a result of the ACET investigation.

Conor Barrett was Levin’s boyfriend, and he was charged with a single count of distribution. Barrett’s case is still pending, and a plea hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on June 19.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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