Drug dealer gets eight years in prison
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” After more than a year in the Garfield County Jail another man who was arrested in connection with the suspected drug ring called “The Boys” was convicted and sentenced to prison Thursday in Garfield County Court.
Vaughn Seery, 24, received two, eight-year concurrent sentences for selling two eight-balls, (one-quarter ounce) of cocaine to an undercover informant on March 11, 2008 in Glenwood Springs, for $250.
Seery pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and one count of possession of cocaine, while the remaining 12 counts against him were dropped.
“Given the nature and the criminal history of the defendant the sentence is appropriate,” said deputy district attorney Ed Veronda.
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Seery originally pleaded guilty to three felony counts including possession with the intent to distribute, distribution, and possession of cocaine on Feb. 26. However, on April 9, the court determined that his sentence was “illegal” in that case and rejected the disposition.
Seery then reappeared in court Thursday and pleaded guilty to the two other counts and received his final sentence after 9th Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre took a short deliberation to look over Seery’s case file.
Petre told Seery that Community Corrections was not an appropriate sentence because it has not worked in the past. The judge also indicated that his decision of the eight-year prison term was appropriate because Seery committed the crimes while on probation. However, it was not clear why Seery was on probation.
“I wish you good luck,” Petre told Seery. “I hope you can deal with your issues and come back to be a productive member of this community. You are a young man.”
Seery was arrested on April 16, 2008 in connection with 29 others who were suspected of being involved in a drug ring. Authorities said that confidential informants and a series of controlled drug purchases by the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT) and the Drug Enforcement Administration led to the arrests. Pre-serialized money and wireless transmitters were used in the deals.
An arrest affidavit said that Seery sold cocaine to undercover informants six or seven times between March 11, and April 10, 2008.
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