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Former Aspen resident arrested in Florida on Colorado drug charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2012

DENVER – On February 13, 2012, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents arrested Montgomery Chitty, a former Aspen, Colorado, resident, in Big Pine Key, Florida, on a warrant issued by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Chitty appeared today in United States District Court in Key West, Florida, where he was advised of the charges pending against him. He is currently being held without bond.

On December 13, 2011, a federal Grand Jury in Denver, Colorado, returned a one count Indictment charging Chitty with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The charge arises out of a 2010 DEA investigation involving the distribution of cocaine in Aspen, Colorado. In April of 2011, ten defendants were charged in a cocaine conspiracy taking place in Aspen, Colorado, and the Los Angeles, California, area. Seven of the defendants in that case have since pled guilty to various charges pursuant to plea agreements. If convicted, Chitty faces a minimum mandatory ten years to life in prison and up to a $10,000,000 fine.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Korver.

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