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Hearing set in drug case

Lawyer for Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza turns down plea deal

Jack Weinstein

— The attorney for Ernesto Sanluis-Espinoza, one of three men charged in an August drug raid, said he wasn’t interested in accepting a plea agreement proposed by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Instead, his attorney, Randy Salky, asked that a preliminary hearing be scheduled. Routt County Judge James Garrecht set the hearing for 9 a.m. Oct. 21.

Sanluis-Espinoza, 31, is charged with one count of money laundering, five counts of distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, all felonies.

The other two men charged in the case also have preliminary hearings scheduled this month. Jorge Orduno-Acuno, 25, will appear Oct. 15, and Alexander Ochoa-Espinoza, 24, will appear Oct. 22.

According to the Routt County Court Clerk’s Office, Ochoa-Espinoza is charged with one county of money laundering and two counts of distribution of a controlled substance. Orduno-Acuno is charged with one count of money laundering and seven counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

The All Crimes Enforcement Team raided a condominium Aug. 31 in the 1400 block of Creekside Court. Investigators said they found about a pound of methamphetamine and a half-pound of cocaine. The raid followed a three-month investigation.

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Salky said after the hearing that plea negotiations can continue in virtually every criminal case. He said this agreement, which he wouldn’t disclose, expires 24 hours before the preliminary hearing. And Salky said he would continue working with the District Attorney’s Office on the terms of the agreement.

– To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com