Man gets probation and warning

Judge: Participation in Drug Court “is the only reason I’m going along with this.”
By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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            Gerardo Daniel Cordero

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A man who failed to show up at his first sentencing got a break last week with a 5-year suspended sentence.

Gerardo Daniel Cordero’s participation in Yellowstone County’s Drug Court gave him a second chance with 22nd Judicial District Judge Matt Wald.

And the judge made sure to let the 30-year-old Cordero know that.

“(Drug Court) is the only reason I’m going along with this,” Wald said, noting that Cordero has prior criminal history, but Drug Court seems to be working.

Cordero will be on probation for the next five years and must complete Drug Court, as well as pay $1,085 in fines and fees and abide by 21 court-imposed conditions for one felony count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Wald said the sentence holds Cordero accountable for his conduct provides for rehabilitation and also gives the court options for the future if problems arise.

Cordero was initially arrested on one felony count of possessing dangerous drugs in May 2019. He was arrested again in September 2019 after failing to appear for his first sentencing, as well as failing to get a drug patch, as Wald had initially ordered. At that hearing, Wald told him “there’s no indication that you really care about the court’s orders.”

THE CASE

On April 5, at 7:35 a.m., Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Williams was dispatched to check on a suspicious vehicle with out-of-state license plates on Valley Creek Road.

Deputy Williams approached the car and found Cordero with a glass pipe in his hands and a flame under it, which the deputy recognized as a meth pipe. Cordero looked up and said “Oh ----!” according to court documents. Cordero then tried to hide the pipe under the seat and said he had been smoking “a cigar in a glass tube.”

Cordero denied a request to search the vehicle, at which point a K9 was called to the scene. While Cordero was getting out of the car, Deputy Williams saw what he believed was hashish in plain view, along with two glass pipes, commonly used to smoke meth, according to court documents. The K9 gave a positive indication of drugs being in the car. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was applied for, while Cordero was given a ride to his home in Park City.

While patting Cordero down before placing him in his patrol car, Deputy Williams found a small baggie with meth in it in his pocket, according to court documents. Found in the car were two more pipes, a small paper bindle in the visor and the pipe that Cordero had been smoking when law enforcement arrived on scene, according to court documents.

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