Another guilty plea in DEA case |

Another guilty plea in DEA case

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

DENVER – An Aspen man faces nine months of home detention and three years of supervised release for his guilty plea to distribution of cocaine.

That’s according to an agreement entered in U.S. District Court in Denver, where Jack Fellner, 62, of Aspen, tendered his plea Tuesday.

Fellner’s plea marked the final disposition for six Aspen-area residents indicted by a federal grand jury last April and arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration agents in May. The DEA has contended that they, as well as four Los Angeles-area men who also were indicted, were part of a drug trafficking network that funneled cocaine between Aspen and Los Angeles for 15 years.

According to the 10-page plea agreement made public after Tuesday’s 36-minute hearing before U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger, Fellner admitted to buying cocaine from longtime Aspen resident Wayne Alan Reid. Regarded by the DEA as the network’s ringleader, Reid, 65, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to sell more than 5 kilograms of cocaine. That same charge to which Reid pleaded guilty was dropped against Fellner as part of the plea deal, court documents show.

“The evidence would prove that (Fellner) purchased cocaine from co-defendant Wayne Reid for re-distribution to others in the District of Colorado,” the plea agreement says, adding that federal agents witnessed Fellner meet Reid on March 12, 2011, and buy 5 ounces, or 141.75 grams, of cocaine.

“(Fellner) received the cocaine in order to sell it to other individuals,” the agreement says. “In a post-arrest interview, Wayne Reid admitted that he sold cocaine to (Fellner).”

Fellner, who is free on $20,000 bond, could face 12 to 18 months in prison for his guilty plea. But the plea agreement says that the prosecution is seeking no prison time because of his cooperation with the investigation.

“(Fellner) agrees that he will at all times give complete, truthful and accurate information and testimony and that he will fully and truthfully disclose all information with respect to the activities of himself and others concerning all matters about which the Government inquires,” the agreement says.

Fellner is the fifth local suspect to plead guilty as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors; charges were dropped against a sixth local suspect.

Fellner is represented by Denver defense attorney Abraham Hutt. He is due back in court May 21 for a sentencing hearing.