On July 24, Delta resident Ernest Abachiche plead guilty to distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule 1 or II), a class three drug felony, for selling heroin. The case was investigated by the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force. He also entered pleas of guilty to vehicular eluding, two cases of domestic violence and probation violations. Montrose District Judge Keri Yoder sentenced Abachiche to prison for the stipulated eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, plus parole upon release.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.