Aspen man who was assaulted pleads guilty to cocaine charge
An Aspen man who was assaulted in his home in March pleaded guilty Monday to possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.Christopher Cox, 57, was arrested after police responded to an assault call and saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight in his apartment. Police then obtained a search warrant for the residence.According to a police report, a number of items consistent with drug distribution were found in the suspect’s home, including 14 paper packages containing 17.7 grams of cocaine, a cocaine grinder and a “cutting agent” commonly ground into cocaine before it is sold.Cox was charged with possession and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Those charges were dropped when Cox pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine, a felony.Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills said as part of the plea agreement, suspected drug money totaling $1,450 found in Cox’s apartment should be donated to The Right Door, a nonprofit organization for recovering addicts. Another $5,000 found in Cox’s apartment will be returned to a third party who was keeping the money at Cox’s home.In addition, Wills and defense attorney Jeffrey Wertz agreed to recommend a sentence of probation as long as Cox completes substance abuse treatment. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 16.The man who is the suspected attacker in the case, Scott Randall Dale, was arrested last week in Chattanooga, Tenn.Cox told police that the man who attacked him had been brought to his apartment by a friend the day before to buy drugs. Cox said that he turned the man away without selling him anything.After the attack, Cox was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital and treated for a broken jaw and various lacerations and abrasions.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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