Aspen man won’t go to prison in cocaine case |

Aspen man won’t go to prison in cocaine case

DENVER – An Aspen man will not spend any more time behind bars for his role in a cocaine-trafficking ring broken up by federal agents last year.

Jack Fellner was sentenced Monday in the U.S. District Court of Denver, where Judge Marcia S. Krieger gave him three years of supervised release and nine months of home detention.

Fellner, 62, is the first resident from the Aspen-Snowmass area to be sentenced in the case, which resulted in the April 2012 federal grand-jury indictment of six area residents and four men from the Southern California region.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has contended that they were part of a drug-trafficking network that funneled cocaine between Aspen and Los Angeles for 15 years.

Fellner spent less than one week in federal custody after his May arrest. He has been out of jail on $20,000 bond.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors filed a motion saying that Fellner was cooperative with authorities and that the government would not be seeking prison time for him.

“Mr. Fellner was interviewed by law enforcement officers assigned to this investigation, and he provided truthful information as to his involvement with this offense and the involvement of others,” the motion said. “(Fellner’s) information was significant and helpful to the government’s ongoing investigations of criminal activities in the District of Colorado and elsewhere.”

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