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Drug case may go to district court

Men arrested after police reportedly found meth, cocaine

Zach Fridell

— Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann is not confident that the court case of Jorge Orduno-Acuno will be resolved any time soon, she said during a status conference Wednesday, which likely will land the case in district court.

Orduno-Acuno, arrested with Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza and Alexander Ocho-Espinoza (previously spelled Ochoa-Espinoza in court documents), is charged with a slew of charges stemming from an August drug raid by the All Crimes Enforcement Team at the Creekside Court apartment where the three men reportedly lived.

Ocho-Espinoza’s case went through a preliminary hearing Oct. 22 and will be heard Tuesday in district court.

During the raid, police reportedly found about a pound of methamphetamine and a half-pound of cocaine.

Attorney Randy Salky, representing Sanluis-Espinoza during the status conference Wednesday, said he thought a resolution in his client’s case might be reached in the coming days.

He said he did not yet want to schedule a new hearing, pending discussions with prosecutors.

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Uhlmann said Orduno-Acuno would continue with a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Nov. 13.

If the judge determines that there is enough evidence to proceed to trial, a trial will be set in the 14th Judicial District Court.

According to an affidavit by ACET commander Garrett Wiggins, the team made several “undercover controlled purchases,” including one Aug. 31 that police recorded.

Police report that $6,000 in cash also was recovered during the raid, and the drugs were valued at $80,000.

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