Prosecutor drops coke charges against Russian woman in Aspen bust
ASPEN – Citing a lack of evidence, a prosecutor on Monday dropped drug charges against a Russian woman arrested in April at the Copper Horse apartment building in Aspen.
Even so, Yelena Inozemtseva, 24, is scheduled to be transported to authorities in Denver Tuesday as part of proceedings in an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold placed on her.
Aspen police arrested Inozemtseva when they found her in the apartment unit of Andrian Arapu on April 6. Police were acting on a tip that Arapu, who also was arrested the same day, had been selling cocaine and was in possession of a firearm.
A sales supervisor at Theory Aspen clothing store, Inozemtseva was charged with one class-two felony charge of possession with intent to sell or distribute at least 25 grams but no more than 400 grams of cocaine, which carried a potential prison sentence of eight to 48 years.
She also faced a class-four felony offense of possession of more than 4 grams of cocaine, which carried a prison sentence of two to six years.
The dismissal of the charges against Inozemtseva came the same day her case was scheduled for a preliminary hearing, a proceeding in which the prosecution must demonstrate to a judge that there was probable cause for her arrest.
The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that charges can be filed again.
Inozemtseva’s attorney, Chip McCrory, noted to Senior Judge Paul McLimans that “a re-filing of new charges is not possible absent new evidence.”
The case against Arapu is still pending. He has not entered a plea to the charges.
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