GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - An Aspen man accused of being part of a local drug ring failed to win a reduction in his bail on Thursday, despite his attorney's assurances that he will not flee to avoid prosecution.
"He is not a flight risk," public defender Sara Steele told District Judge Denise Lynch on Thursday, referring to defendant Bryan Martinez-Delatorre.
Martinez-Delatorre, 21, was arrested on Dec. 12 along with 13 others, including two juveniles, as part of a roundup of suspected drug dealers in the Carbondale area.
Three additional suspects subsequently turned themselves in, bringing the number arrested to 17 out of 21 suspects identified in a nine-month investigation conducted by local and federal authorities.
Martinez-Delatorre is facing multiple counts of dealing cocaine and ecstasy. He is being held in the Garfield County Jail on a bond of $50,000.
Steele told the judge that Martinez-Delatorre was born in Aspen and lived most of his life there with his mother, though he most recently has been living in El Jebel with his grandmother.
"Mr. Martinez has a lot of ties to the community," Steele told the judge, adding that while he is not employed currently, he has good work skills and would likely be able to get a job if he could get out of jail.
Prosecutor Andrea Bryan, however, told the judge that Martinez-Delatorre's bond is the normal amount for such cases.
Bryan said Martinez-Delatorre has an out-of-state theft conviction on his record, and is wanted on a fugitive warrant from Illinois. Steele said the warrant is no longer active.
Judge Lynch, who set the bond in Martinez-Delatorre's case, said she could have set it at $200,000 had she opted to require the maximum bond for each of four drug dealing charges in the case.
She then rejected Martinez-Delatorre's request for a reduced bond.
Martinez-Delatorre is due back in court on Jan. 3.
In a related case, Evance Grandberry of Carbondale, who is alleged to be the source for drugs sold by those arrested in the Dec. 12 roundup, learned on Thursday in court that Steele would not be his attorney because of a conflict of interest.
Grandberry, 22, faces four counts of possession of cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, two counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and several counts of possessing and distributing ecstasy, also known as MDMA.
Steele did not give details about the nature of the conflict, and the judge said she would appoint a new defense attorney in Grandberry's case.