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Drug task force’s arrests, seizures steady

Joe Moylan

— All Crimes Enforcement Team Commander Marvin Cameron met last week with area law enforcement officials to summarize last year's task force activity on narcotics investigations and seizures.

Cameron's report was delivered to the six-member ACET executive board, which includes Craig Police Department Chief Walt Vanatta; Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz; Steamboat Springs Police Department Chief Joel Rae; Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins; Hayden Police Department Chief Gordon Booco; and 14th Judicial District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham.

Of the 29 investigations conducted by ACET officers last year, 23 resulted in arrests.

Four suspects went through the legal process last year and were sentenced to prison, including two Craig residents convicted of distributing methamphetamine.

In January 2011, the agency dismantled a methamphetamine lab in Hayden and filed charges against four suspects. Jamison Fjoser, 37, the alleged cook, pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony. He was sentenced in September 2011 in Routt County District Court to 12 years in prison.

Two other suspects were sentenced to five years in Correctional Alternative Placement Services. The fourth suspect still is going through the legal process.

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ACET reported that officers broke up a suspected cocaine ring in May 2011 in Steamboat Springs.

Omar Aguire-Prieto, 39, was charged with distribution of a Schedule 4 controlled substance, a Class 3 felony. During a search of Aguire-Prieto's Walton Village condo, ACET investigators seized 340 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $38,760, as well as $15,560 in cash.

He accepted a plea deal in August 2011 of 3 1/2 years in prison and forfeiture of $54,320.

"We've had a lot of convictions on the other cases and there are investigations from 2011 that are either ongoing or are still in the judicial process," Cameron said. "However, we have a 100 percent conviction rate for investigations conducted during my first two years with ACET."

In total, Cameron said ACET officers seized 372.12 grams of cocaine; 2.8 grams of methamphetamine; and 3 grams of marijuana with a total estimated street value of $42,807.68.

Cameron said the results from 2011 were on par with 2010.

Of the 29 narcotics investigations, four were for the distribution or possession of cocaine; 13 for the possession or distribution of methamphetamine; three for the distribution of marijuana; two for psilocybin drugs (one mushroom grow operation and one mushroom possession); six for prescription frauds; and one for criminal impersonation investigation.

The ACET drug task force includes an officer from the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office, Steamboat Springs Police Department and Routt County Sheriff's Office. Each officer is paid by his or her sponsoring agency.

In addition, Routt and Moffat counties and local municipal governments contribute funds for equipment, supplies, "buy" money and capital improvements.

In 2011, Moffat County's contribution was $22,596.67. The cities of Craig and Steamboat Springs each paid $15,396.66; Routt County contributed $10,800; and Hayden provided $750. ACET's 2011 budget was $64,940.

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