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Man gets 18 months on drug charges

Two of the three men involved in a March cocaine bust appeared in court Tuesday.

Michael Ryan Wills, 20, of Oak Creek, entered a guilty plea and Jaime Mejia Perez, 35, of Steamboat Springs, was sentenced. Both were charged with possession and distribution of Schedule 2 drugs.

The two were arrested March 1. Wills was arrested after police witnessed him buying cocaine from Mejia Perez’s brother, Jose, in a Colorado Mountain College parking lot.

Mejia Perez was arrested after officers searched the home he shared with his brother and found 17 grams of cocaine and about 13 grams of methamphetamine inside clothing that allegedly belonged to Jaime Mejia Perez.

Mejia Perez, who pleaded guilty several weeks ago, was sentenced Tuesday by District Judge Paul McLimans to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and a one-year mandatory parole after his sentence ends.

He received 114 days credit for the time he served in the Routt County Jail. Mejia Perez also was ordered to pay $1,089 in court fines.

At the sentencing hearing, Mejia Perez’s lawyer, Larry Combs, asked the court to consider the fact that Mejia Perez had lived the least amount of time in the home where the drugs were found and that the drugs were found in clothes that may not have belonged to Mejia Perez.

Mejia Perez’s brother, Jose Mejia Perez, 31, of Steamboat Springs, already pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a controlled Schedule 2 substance. Jose Mejia Perez received two years in prison and was fined more than $1,800.

He will serve a three-year parole after his sentence is complete.

On Tuesday, Wills pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing and distributing a controlled Schedule 2 substance. Wills had five cases pending, and with his plea, the other three were dropped.

The other three cases involved charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and drunken driving.

Public defender Trevor McFee said the agreement was made in hopes that Wills would receive four years in prison.

Judge McLimans accepted Wills’ pleas and said Wills most likely would receive four years in prison for each charge, but that they could be served concurrently.

McLimans also said that Wills probably would receive five years of parole after his sentence is complete, a loss of driving privileges for 90 days and about $3,000 in drug surcharge costs.

Wills’ is scheduled to be sentenced at 10 a.m. July 18 in District Court.

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