Steamboat heroin hearings set for next week
March 28, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Additional details about the heroin distribution charges filed against three Steamboat Springs men could be brought to light during preliminary hearings next week.
Jordan Persons, 19, and his brother Elijah Persons, 21, are scheduled to have preliminary hearings at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday before Routt County Judge James Garrecht. The purpose of the hearings is to determine whether a reasonable person would think there is a possibility the men committed the alleged crimes. If Garrecht finds that to be true, the cases would be bound over to district court, where felonies are heard.
The charges stem from an investigation by the All Crimes Enforcement Team drug task force that led to the men's arrests March 9.
Jordan Persons has been charged with 11 felonies, including six counts of distribution of heroin. His bond has been set at $50,000.
Elijah Persons has been charged with six felonies related to dealing heroin. He appeared before Garrecht on Wednesday with his attorney, Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann. She requested that his bond be lowered from $50,000 and said Elijah Persons would live with his mother and stepfather in Steamboat and be able to work.
"He is just anxious to get out and be able to work," Uhlmann said. "It appears to me from reading the discovery that Mr. Persons' involvement was much less than the other people involved."
Uhlmann said her client is being overcharged.
Assistant District Attorney Brett Barkey objected to a bond reduction because he said Elijah Persons was involved in activity that was a danger to the community.
"At this point I'm going to leave it as is," Garrecht ruled.
However, Garrecht agreed to reduce the bond from $50,000 to $20,000 for Samuel Andrew, the 21-year-old who was with Jordan Persons when he was arrested.
Andrew has been charged with three felonies related to possession of heroin and prescription drugs. He also has been charged with a felony that states he conspired with Jordan Persons to sell or distribute heroin. His preliminary hearing is at 9 a.m. April 5.
In a separate drug investigation, the task force on March 9 arrested Nicholas Power, 19. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. April 11. Power has been charged with conspiring to sell acid and possession of 4 grams or less of heroin.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com