Hearing set in Aspen drug case | AspenTimes.com

Hearing set in Aspen drug case

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A preliminary hearing was set Thursday for a suspected drug supplier in connection with an Aspen heroin distribution network.

Nelson Raul-Gamez, an Aurora man, was ordered by District Court Judge Daniel Petre to next appear in Garfield County Court on Dec. 12, for a preliminary hearing. He faces multiple charges in the felony case ranging from distribution of heroin to possession with intent to distribute.

Raul-Gamez was arrested June 19 in Silverthorne, Colo. along with Ryan Welgos of Aspen. The arrests stemmed from a three-month long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration following the March overdose death of Aspen visitor Adam Steven Peterson.

Raul-Gamez and Welgos face similar charges. Welgos’ case is pending in Garfield County Court.

A third suspect in the case, Gregory Elston, pleaded guilty in October to possession of a schedule II substance as part of a plea agreement that will drop a heroin distribution charge against the Aspen resident. Elston’s plea deal came after he surrendered to Aspen police Oct. 2 on a warrant that alleged he supplied heroin to Peterson, 23, who died after he used heroin and cocaine together in a method known as “speed-balling.”

Elston is scheduled to appear Dec. 1 in Pitkin County Court for a sentencing and disposition hearing.

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