Man who was selling cocaine in Redstone sentenced |

Man who was selling cocaine in Redstone sentenced

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

One of the men arrested last spring at the Redstone Inn for selling cocaine was sentenced to three and a half years in prison Monday.

Octavio Garcia Aguirre, 25, pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance, a felony, in Pitkin County District Court. Aguirre’s sentence came as part of a plea agreement.

Police seized more than a kilo of cocaine at the Redstone Inn and arrested Aguirre and another employee, Cesar E. Cesar Esparza Joya, 31, on May 28 during an investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking ring.

The cocaine was seized in a prepackaged brick and one “broken brick,” along with a scale, $650 in cash and packaging material. The cocaine has a street value of more than $80,000.

Aguirre has been in the Pitkin County Jail for nearly a year. He is not a United States citizen and will be deported at the end of his sentence in the Department of Corrections.

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