On July 24, Delta resident Ernest Abachiche plead guilty to distribution of a controlled substance (Schedule 1 or II), a class three drug felony, for selling heroin. The case was investigated by the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force. He also entered pleas of guilty to vehicular eluding, two cases of domestic violence and probation violations. Montrose District Judge Keri Yoder sentenced Abachiche to prison for the stipulated eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, plus parole upon release.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.