Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Sentencing set for drug bust suspect

Express Staff Writer

Lars Christian Nelson

Sentencing has been scheduled for March 11 for one of the final suspects from last year's major Blaine County drug bust.

Lars Christian Nelson, a 19-year-old Hailey man, pleaded guilty in December to one count of "aid and abet possession of cocaine." He was earlier charged in a Blaine County grand-jury indictment with a single count of "aid and abet delivery of cocaine."

The indictment alleged that Nelson was involved in a cocaine transaction with William B. Smith, a 67-year-old Ketchum man who was also indicted by the grand jury and was sentenced in November to one year in the Blaine County Jail.

Nelson and Smith were among 13 suspects indicted by the grand jury following an April 11, 2007, drug bust by the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team. Eleven of the suspects have now pleaded guilty in accord with plea agreements with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Nine of those 11 have already been sentenced to prison or jail terms. Charges were dismissed against one person and court proceedings are still pending against the final suspect.

Nelson, who is represented by Hailey attorney Keith Roark, has been free on $5,000 bail since shortly after his arrest.

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