Carbondale man busted for alleged distribution of coke |

Carbondale man busted for alleged distribution of coke

Aspen Times Staff Report

A Carbondale man was arrested Friday and charged with the distribution of cocaine from his residence.

In cooperation with other area police departments, the Carbondale cops say they conducted an undercover operation that involved purchasing cocaine from 27-year-old Francisco Javier Cortez-Jiminez.

“What I can say is this: Carbondale and TRIDENT have been working on this case for some time,” said Carbondale police chief Gene Schilling. “This kind of case is really what TRIDENT is all about. Here we have officers from Rifle, Glenwood Springs, the sheriff, and Carbondale all working together on a common problem.”

Cortez-Jiminez’s bond was set at $10,000. The charge of distribution of an illegal controlled substance usually carries a penalty of 4 to 16 years in prison.

The TRIDENT program is a multijurisdictional drug task force that pulls together resources from Garfield County and other local police departments. A full-time prosecutor from the district attorney’s office has also been assigned to the task force.

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