17th Judicial DA

Defendant Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

November 9, 2022

Brighton, CO — Today, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the 12-year Department of Corrections sentence for Adalberto Rojas, 35, following his guilty plea to Distribution of a Controlled Substance 112g+ on September 7, 2022. 

On April 7, 2022, an Adams County Sheriff's Deputy, on routine patrol, attempted to stop a vehicle with an improper license plate. The driver, Rojas, did not stop and a lengthy pursuit ensued. The defendant eventually crashed his vehicle after encountering stop sticks and fled on foot. Another Deputy captured the defendant a short time later. 

Law enforcement on scene recovered a fanny pack containing $1,100 in cash, five bags of methamphetamine that totaled approximately 125 grams, cocaine, and 22 bags of fentanyl that contained more 1,288 pills (143 grams). Another Deputy in the area also saw Rojas toss a bag while running that was later recovered and contained a stolen 22-caliber handgun. 

On September 7, 2022, Rojas pleaded guilty to: 
  • Distribution of a Controlled Substance 112g+ (DF1) 
On November 8, 2022, an Adams County District Court Judge sentenced Rojas to 12 years in the Department of Corrections. 

"Fentanyl is having a devastating impact on our community because of dealers like this defendant," said District Attorney Brian Mason. "I hope this conviction and sentence sends a message to all other drug dealers; we're coming after you and the penalty will be severe. Those who are distributing this poison deserve to spend time behind bars."

Senior Deputy District Attorney Joseph Vandeven led the prosecution of this case. 

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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.

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