As a citizen of the San Luis Valley I would like to share my concern over the recent drug cases in the paper. It is so very sad that in a recent edition of the Valley Courier you have on the front page three women that sold drugs on NUMEROUS OCCASIONS these leading to charges of distributing a schedule 2 control substance and have been offered deferred sentences. The sad part is you turn the pages and you have the obituary of a valley youth that died in relation to drugs.
It is a very sad day for the San Luis Valley that the district attorney of whom was largely elected by Conejos and Costilla counties sees fit to give these ladies a deferred sentence so they can go back and start selling again. They really do not have to worry for quite some time if ever about being caught again because it takes hundreds of man hours to set up the undercover operations. All they have to do is sell to their known customers and they can walk on the deferred sentence.
We have had six young adults in the last six months die, their lives cut short due to drug addiction and then the parents and families get a slap in the face when they read the paper and see the DA, David Mahonee (the name he goes by now) has let three of the drug dealers cut a deal. Our children are dying, our families are being ruined by this addiction that is taking over the San Luis Valley and the dealers are free and able to continue their business. Which by the way did you know that they get the prescription fraudulently for $3-10 or less and then sell those 30 pills for $30-60 per pill. Wow, what a profit. They allegedly have this pain and then cause our families more pain by selling the drugs to our kids.
The agencies that are able to work these cases, which are few, put in hundreds of hours making those cases only to have the DA let them go. Over 7K in Oxy and 90 vicodin, that wasn’t by accident, that is what they do, SELL DRUGS. They should not be able to qualify for deferred. The deferred for them is a life sentence for the families that have lost their kids to drugs. Not just the ones that have died, add the ones that are addicted. There is no going back, once they start. The facilities and counselors do not have sufficient tools to help the kids come back.
If you ask the DA and I hope that you will, his statement is “I have not heard anything from the community that they are unhappy with the pleas.” This is wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong in so many ways. Surely there are more people than myself unhappy that the DA sees fit to let drug dealers in the San Luis Valley walk. I for one want him to know, I am very unhappy and sincerely hope that more of you will let him know as well.