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Bond stays in cocaine case

Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower the bond on a 20-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of selling and distributing cocaine.

In Routt County Court on Wednesday, Public Defender Trevor McFee asked the judge to reduce Michael Ryan Wills’ bond from $40,000.

Wills was arrested March 31 after officials with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team said they watched him purchase 3.25 ounces of cocaine worth $3,500 from Jose Mejia Perez. The transaction reportedly occurred in the Colorado Mountain College parking lot.

Wills later was charged with three other counts of selling and distributing cocaine and methamphetamine. The three charges stem from three dates in 2004.

McFee asked that Wills bond be lowered so he could go back to work and help his father, who just had back surgery. McFee also said Wills wants to save money because his fiancee is expecting a child in August. Wills has lived in Routt County for six years.

“Clearly, he has a lot of life ahead of him,” McFee said.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James objected to any bond reduction, noting that Wills’ series of crimes makes him eligible for special offender status. He could face at least eight years in prison, St. James said.

St. James said the investigation indicates that Wills is a local drug dealer and said he had been recorded as saying he could sell an ounce of speed and meth in one day.

In denying the request, Gar–recht said Wills already had been given breaks by the court by having felony summons, which do not require posting any bond, on a number of his cases.

Along with the request for a reduction in bail bond Wednesday, McFee asked that Wills’ case be continued to Wednesday to allow more time for research.

On March 31, Wills and an unnamed acquaintance met with Jose Perez in his Ford pickup on Bob Adams Drive. Perez sold 3.25 ounces of cocaine to Wills and the associate for $3,500. Rae said.

GRAMNET officers reportedly watched the transaction.

Shortly after the transaction, police pulled over Wills in his truck and found the cocaine in the center console.

Police officers also found less than a gram of cocaine in a Ziploc bag in a cigarette pack, a digital scale and a glass pipe with burnt marijuana. The police found a Ziploc bag with less than an ounce of marijuana and a small amount of meth in the truck, court documents show.

After questioning, Wills said the meth and the marijuana were his, but the cocaine belonged to his associate and he was just facilitating the transaction. Wills said he received 0.25 ounces of cocaine, worth $500, for helping with the transaction, court documents show.

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