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Velarde sentenced to 3 years in prison

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On Monday, Oct. 2, Tia Velarde was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of methamphetamine, a class three drug felony, in Montrose County.

Velarde also received concurrent prison sentences after previously pleading guilty to attempted introduction of contraband and driving while ability impaired in case 17CR91 (Montrose), possession of a controlled substance in case 16CR282 (Montrose) and possession of a dangerous weapon in case 16CR150 (Delta).

The distribution charge arises out of drug sales activities in the 700 block of North Second Street in Montrose. Neighborhood citizens provided substantial assistance during the prosecution of this case by appearing in court and being willing to participate in the process. The case demonstrates the vital need for community engagement in enforcement efforts conducted by the Montrose Police Department.

The district attorney, the drug task force and the Montrose Police Department vow to hold drug dealers accountable and remove them from the community when their actions warrant punishment.

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