Basalt man gets 90 days in jail, four years’ probation in cocaine case
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Basalt man who admitted selling cocaine to undercover narcotics agents last year was sentenced Tuesday to three months in jail and four years of probation, according to documents on file at the Garfield County Courthouse.
District Judge James Boyd gave David Edgar, 30, until Oct. 23 to turn himself in at the Garfield County Jail to begin serving his sentence.
Edgar, who operated the Mother Earth medical marijuana center in Carbondale, was arrested Oct. 7, 2011, by agents of the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, also known as TRIDENT.
He was accused of selling marijuana to TRIDENT agents without asking them for their medical marijuana licenses and of later selling cocaine to the same agents.
Initially facing eight felony charges, Edgar cut a plea bargain with the 9th District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to a single charge of selling cocaine, and the other charges were dropped.
On that sole count, Edgar could have been sent to prison for 16 years and been ordered to pay as much as $750,000 in fines.
But Judge James Boyd limited the fines to $3,000 and slightly more than $300 in court costs. In addition, Boyd authorized Edgar to participate in the “work-ender” program.
According to a jail official, the work-ender program is managed by the Probation Department and allows an inmate to work off part of his or her sentence outside the jail performing some kind of community service.
But the inmate is required to serve the initial part of the sentence in jail until the Probation Department authorizes a release into work-ender status.
Edgar also must undergo substance-abuse evaluation and treatment, according to the court file.
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