Fentanyl Dealer Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Dealing Large Amount of Fentanyl and Meth
November 18, 2022
Brighton, CO — Today, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the 25-year Department of Corrections sentence for Clifton McRae, 60. McRae was convicted of Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute a Controlled Substance--Schedule I or II following a two-day jury trial on September 15, 2022.
On January 16, 2022, Clifton McRae was dealing drugs in the parking lot of a convenience store at the intersection of Washington Street and Malley Drive in Northglenn. Northglenn Police Officers witnessed the drug deal and stopped McRae. They found 214 fentanyl pills and 375.76 grams of methamphetamine inside of the defendant's vehicle. On the date of the drug deal, McRae was on parole for two felony convictions in Adams County related to the distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine in 2013. The defendant was previously convicted seven times for cases involving the sale and distribution of drugs in Adams County, Denver, and Jefferson County.
On September 15, 2022, a jury convicted McRae on the following charges:
Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute a Controlled Substance (DF1)
Possession with Intent to Manufacture or Distribute a Controlled Substance--Schedule I or II (DF2)
On November 16, 2022, an Adams County District Court Judge sentenced McRae to 25 years in the Department of Corrections.
"We must hold dealers accountable for distributing this poison and that's precisely what we've done with Mr. McRae," said District Attorney Brian Mason. "Let this significant prison sentence be a warning to others: if you're dealing fentanyl and meth in this community and we catch you, you will pay a significant price."
Deputy District Attorney Anthony Vanicek 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.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.