Man who failed to show up for sentencing jailed on $10,000 bond

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, September 19, 2019
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An alleged multi-state offender facing a felony methamphetamine charge in Stillwater County has been jailed for failing to obtain a drug patch when he initially posted bail and then failing to show up for his sentencing hearing.

Gerado Daniel Cordero, 19, appeared in custody last week before 22nd Judicial District Judge Matt Wald and through his attorney, requested to be released on his own recognizance with the condition he be fitted with a drug patch prior to his release.

Wald was not so inclined.

“There’s no indication that you really care about the court’s orders,” Wald said to Cordero.

Wald set bond at $10,000 to run consecutively to any other bond currently imposed from other counties. Stillwater County Attorney Nancy Rohde said Cordero has new drug charges in Yellowstone County. She also told Wald that Cordero was a risk to the community.

As of Wednesday morning, Cordero remained in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. His total bond amount is listed at $21,500.

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, according to court documents. 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,” according to court documents.

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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