I-70 traffic stop nets drugs, weapons | VailDaily.com

I-70 traffic stop nets drugs, weapons

Veronica Whitney
Omar Lafit

Two men from Las Vegas – one with four aliases – were arrested last month east of Avon on drug and weapons charges, police said.

Omar Latif, 31, – also known as Itzahk Alakai Levy, Alakai Omar Latif, Robert Andino and Sean Rahamut Ali, – and Israel Fearon, 32, were arrested June 18 after Colorado State Patrol troopers found drugs and a shotgun in their car. Troopers had stopped the two men for speeding on Interstate 70. Both men are being detained at the Eagle County Detention Center.

“It’s a pretty serious case,” said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert. “It’s very rare for here to see something as serious as this.”

Special offenders

Latif is charged with 14 felonies counts and five misdemeanor counts. The felony charges include: possession with intent to distribute controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and criminal impersonation.

Fearon is charged with: possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and an offense related to marijuana.

Both men are charged as special offenders, a class-II felony that can carry a maximum of 48 years in prison.

Fearon’s next hearing at Eagle County Court is on July 15; Levy’s is July 10.

“They are charged as special offenders in this case because there’s possession with intent to distribute drugs – and they also had a weapon in the car,” Hurlbert said.

State troopers found a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun in Levy’s car.

The case

According to the affidavit, troopers stopped Levy for driving at 81 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-70, near Avon.

When he was stopped, Levy handed the trooper a Nevada drivers license that identified him as Robert Andino. He had no insurance and no registration for the car, the affidavit says. The trooper was giving Levy 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. Levy said “no,” but that there was a shotgun in the car.

The evidence

A search warrant for Latif’s car revealed a hidden compartment in which the following was found, according to police records:

– Several small clear plastic baggies with a white powdery substance, which tested positive for cocaine.

– A clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal substance, which tested positive for methamphitamine.

– A clear plastic baggy also was found with several white pills, which were found to be morphine.

– One clear bag with several white capsules, which were found to be Vicodin.

Troopers also found $3,300 cash in the hidden compartment.

“The way the drugs were packaged makes it appear to be possession with intent to distribution,” Hurlbert said.

When he was questioned by investigators, Fearon said he and Levy left Las Vegas on June 18 and were heading to Fort Collins.

“We don’t have any indication that the drugs were going to be distributed here,” Hurlbert said.

Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454, or at vwhitney@vaildaily.com.

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