GLENWOOD SPRINGS - An Aspen man accused of being part of a local drug ring failed to win a reduction in his bail 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 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 by local and federal authorities.
Martinez-Delatorre is facing multiple counts of dealing cocaine and ecstasy. He is in custody in the Garfield County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Steele told the judge that Martinez-Delatorre was born in Aspen and lived there most of his life 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, he has good work skills and likely would 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 Steele said the warrant is no longer active.
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 Jan. 3.
In a related case, Evance Grandberry, of Carbondale, the alleged source for drugs sold by those arrested in the Dec. 12 roundup, learned 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.