December 20, 2016 — Today, Defendant Oscar Rojo-Avila was sentenced to serve a prison term of eight (8) years in the Department of Corrections. Mr. Rojo-Avila was sentenced by Montrose County District Court Judge Mary Deganhart after the Defendant pleaded guilty to and was convicted of Distribution of Methamphetamine, a class 2 Drug Felony. Mr. Rojo-Avila was originally charged with a class 1 Drug Felony and a class 2 Drug Felony. The plea agreement in this case provided for open sentencing with the conviction to the class 2 Drug Felony and provided that the court could impose an aggravated sentence of up to sixteen (16) years in prison.
In 2015, the Drug Task Force conducted several controlled buys of illegal drugs from Mr. Roja-Avila. When he was arrested during one such operation, he was found in possession of approximately 2 pounds of methamphetamine and a large amount of cocaine.
The Office of the District Attorney is grateful for the on-going hard work of the Delta/Montrose Drug Task Force. At the sentencing hearing, the People presented testimony from Drug Task Force Officers, including evidence related to the effects of distributing another 2 pounds of methamphetamine to local drug users.
Methamphetamine remains a scourge in our community, destroying families and robbing children of parents. Illegal drug use is far from victim-less and it drives many of the property and violent crimes in our communities. This District Attorney will continue to vigorously pursue prison sentences in all cases involving methamphetamine dealers.