Friday, March 14, 2008

Drug suspect sentenced to probation

Court docket nearly cleared from last April?s major drug bust

Express Staff Writer

Lars Christian Nelson

One of the final defendants from last April's major Blaine County drug bust was sentenced to three years supervised probation Tuesday afternoon in 5th District Court in Hailey.

Lars Christian Nelson, a 19-year-old Hailey man, was also given a withheld judgment, which means that the conviction can be removed from his record if he successfully completes the terms of probation. He was further sentenced to five days in jail.

Nelson, who was originally indicted by a Blaine County grand jury on a felony charge of "aid and abet the delivery of cocaine," pleaded guilty in December to felony possession of a controlled substance.

Court records indicate that Nelson has no prior serious criminal record.

Nelson is the 11th of 13 defendants to be sentenced following the drug bust by the county's Narcotics Enforcement Team and the subsequent indictments. The other 10 were sentenced to either prison or jail terms.

Charges were dismissed against one suspect and are still pending against another, 32-year-old Jorge Flores-Quintana, who is serving time in the Idaho State Penitentiary on a previous conviction. Flores-Quintana has pleaded not guilty to single counts of delivery of methamphetamine and failure to affix illegal drug tax stamps. A jury trial is scheduled to start on May 27.

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