Alleged drug dealer heads to trial
A Las Vegas man with four aliases faces a trial this month in Eagle County on drug and weapon charges.
Omar Latif, 31 – also known as Itzahk Alakai Levy, Alakai Omar Latif, Robert Andino and Sean Rahamut Ali – was arrested on June 18 after troopers with the Colorado State Patrol found drugs and a shotgun in the car Latif was driving. The troopers had stopped the car for speeding on Interstate 70, near Avon.
Latif, whose two-day trial has been set for April 29, has not paid his $100,000 bail and is still in custody at the Eagle County Detention Center.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has called the case “pretty serious” for the Eagle County area.
“Although there isn’t any indication the drugs were going to be distributed in the area, the way they were packaged makes it appear to be possession with intent to distribution,” Hurlbert said.
Latif is charged with 14 felonies and five misdemeanors. The felony charges include:
– Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
– Possession of drug paraphernalia.
– Criminal impersonation.
Latif has also been charged as a “special offender,” a class- 2 felony that can carry a maximum of 48 years in prison.
Hurlbert said Latif is being charged as a special offender because of an apparent possession with intent to distribute drugs, as well as the presence of a weapon in the car. State troopers found a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun in Latif’s car.
According to the affidavit, troopers stopped Latif for driving at 81 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-70 near Avon. He was heading to Fort Collins.
When he was stopped, Latif handed the trooper a Nevada driver’s license that identified him as Robert Andino. He had no insurance and no registration for the car, the affidavit says. The trooper was giving Latif a warning for speeding when he noticed a rifle case in the back seat. The trooper asked if there was anything illegal in the car, the affidavit says. Latif said “no,” but then said there was a shotgun in the car.
A search warrant for Latif’s car revealed a hidden compartment, in which the following was found:
– Several small clear plastic bag with a white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine.
– A clear plastic bag containing a white crystal substance, which tested positive for methamphitamine.
– A clear plastic bag containing several white pills, which were found to be morphine.
– One clear plastic bag with several white capsules, which were found to be Vicodin.
Troopers also found $3,300 cash in the hidden compartment.
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