Dealer sentenced to 30 years
Two leaders of a sophisticated Western Slope drug ring were sentenced to prison at separate hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dan Rubinstein, Mesa County chief deputy district attorney.
Jose Zepeda-Osuna, a top figure in a regional drug organization, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in November to conspiring to supply pound quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine to dealers in Mesa County.
Aurelio Auguilar-Flores, also a leading figure in the organization, was sentenced to 16 years on Tuesday.
Rubinstein argued Zepeda-Osuna deserved the maximum sentence of 32 years by laying out a detailed description of the numerous multi-kilo transactions he was involved in.
“When the legislature came up with the maximum of 32 years, I’m pretty sure they had him in mind,” Rubinstein told Mesa County Chief Judge David Bottger.
In sentencing Zepeda-Osuna to less than the maximum, Bottger gave the drug dealer credit for not having any prior record.
“As far as I know, Mr. Zepeda-Osuna had no criminal history before this case,” Bottger said. “He certainly made up for it.”
Zepeda-Osuna will probably be deported after he serves his sentence, Rubinstein said.
“I’m pleased that the sentences are reflecting the roles of the participants,” Rubinstein said.
“Mr. Zepeda-Osuna was near the top of this organization and the 30 years showed that,” he said.