Deal reached in Aspen cocaine case
November 29, 2011
DENVER – Aspen resident Jack Fellner, one of six local residents snared by federal agents in a drug raid in May, is the latest suspect to reach a deal with the prosecution and avoid going to trial in February.
Defense attorney Abraham Hutt filed paperwork Monday in the U.S. District Court of Denver indicating Fellner, 61, has reached a disposition and plans to change his not-guilty plea, which he entered in June. He faced two felony charges: one for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and the other for cocaine distribution.
Hutt could not be reached for immediate comment from his Denver office Monday.
With Fellner’s disposition in the works, it appears none of the suspects will be going to trial. The other eight defendants – including three from the Los Angeles area – have reached deals with the prosecution. A 10th suspect, also from Los Angeles, is considered a fugitive.
Fellner’s disposition also comes 10 days after longtime Aspen resident Wayne Alan Reid, 65, also reached a deal with the prosecution.
Reid, suspected by the Drug Enforcement Administration to be the ringleader of the organization that allegedly moved cocaine between Aspen and Los Angeles for 15 years, will plead guilty to conspiracy charges, according to his attorney, John Schlie, of Greenwood Village. He remains in federal custody in Denver without bond.
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Another defendant, Christopher Sheehan, 65, of Snowmass Village, also has been in custody without bond since the May arrests.
On Nov. 23, following a hearing that day, Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty granted Sheehan a $250,000 property bond, according to court records. Sheehan remains incarcerated and will return to court for another hearing if he is able to post bond.