Fort Lupton man gets 48 years in prison for ‘mountains of cocaine’

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GREELEY — A Fort Lupton man is set to spend the next 48 years behind bars after he was convicted of possessing large amounts of illegal drugs.

Rodolfo Sanchez, 47, was sentenced to 48 years in prison on Monday, May 12, in Weld County District Court after pleading guilty to three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a Class 2 felony.

The guilty plea was part of a plea agreement for Sanchez, which saw another charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute — a Class 5 felony — dismissed.

Each felony possession account carries a 16-year sentence, to be served consecutively. Sanchez was charged with selling or possessing with intent to sell more than 450 grams of cocaine during three separate occasions in June and July of 2013 while serving a sentence in the Weld County Community Corrections facility on a previous felony menacing conviction.

Judge Timothy Kerns described the quantity of drugs in Sanchez’s possession as “mountains of cocaine.”