Judge refuses to lower bonds | SteamboatToday.com

Judge refuses to lower bonds

Christine Metz

Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower bonds for a 48-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Barbara Jo Moss, 48, of Montrose and Randy Douglas Cushman, 37, of Craig appeared in court Wednesday requesting the reduction of their $20,000 bonds. Both are in custody at the Routt County Jail.

They were arrested Oct. 26 after a Colorado State Patrol trooper stopped them on U.S. Highway 40 near Mount Harris. At first, the state patrol troopers feared the vehicle was part of a mobile methamphetamine lab, but with the help of hazardous materials crews, they determined there were no active chemicals in the pickup.

Moss and Cushman were arrested on suspicion of possession of meth, possession with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moss, who was driving the vehicle, also was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, no proof of insurance, driving under suspension and failing to drive in a designated lane.

At Wednesday’s court hearing, Moss’ public defender, Gail Morrison, said Moss would not be able to make the $20,000 bond. Moss is not a flight risk, Morrison said, and noted that she has lived in Colorado for more than 20 years and has two children in the state.

Deputy District Attorney Erick Knaus told the judge Moss has a long criminal history with two previous arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and has a $15,000 warrant out of Montrose County for aggravated motor vehicle theft.

Ron Smith, who represented Cushman as a public defender, asked for his bond to be reduced to $500 so he could attend a custody hearing today in Moffat County.

Both cases were continued to Nov. 10.

Also in court Wednesday, Garrecht set a preliminary hearing for Terrance Brown for Nov. 17. Brown, a 38-year-old Denver man, was arrested Oct. 14 on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft.

The vehicle had been reported stolen in Las Vegas.

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