Trial set in Aspen cocaine case |

Trial set in Aspen cocaine case

ASPEN – A district judge on Monday set Aug. 27-29 as the trial dates for an Eastern European man who is custody on drug charges.

Andrian Arapu, 26, of Moldova is set to stand trial before a Pitkin County jury on charges of unlawful possession of cocaine, attempted distribution of cocaine and possessing a deadly weapon while committing controlled-substance crimes.

Arapu has been in custody since Aspen police arrested him at his Copper Horse apartment unit in April 2011. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold has also been placed on him.

Part of the delay in Arapu’s case has been because of legal wrangling that resulted in a Colorado Supreme Court decision handed down June 4.

In November, Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols suppressed evidence that officers gathered from Arapu’s residence. Among the items were a .38-caliber revolver and several packages of cocaine weighing a total of 1.5 ounces.

The Supreme Court reversed Nichols’ order, sending the case back to her for further proceedings.

Carbondale attorney John Van Ness represents Arapu; Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin is the lead prosecutor.

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