Fast track bonds questioned for drug bust criminals

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

Grand Junction, Colo (KKCO) --- The fast track bond program was created in 2005 and allows criminals facing court trials on drug related charges to pursue drug treatment right after they get arrested rather than waiting until they are convicted.

The 36 criminals that were indicted in last weeks huge drug bust would have had the opportunity to be apart of this program if it was not for the fact that they were feeding their addiction by dealing drugs.

“Every one of the indictments the grand jury handed down was for people who have been involved in drug dealing and distribution and my general position is lock those people up as long as we can” – Pete Hautzinger, District Attorney

Although the majority of these felons will not be considered, Hautzinger said there might be some who will be put in treatment programs.

The leader of this drug ring, Francisco Peralta-Cabral, was seen in court yesterday to be read his formal charges and he is being held at the Mesa County Jail on a $1,000,000 cash only bond.

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