Wayne Reid, an Aspen resident who helped lead a cocaine-trafficking ring that brought hundreds of kilos to the upper valley over 15 years, was sentenced to 53 months in prison on Monday.
Reid, 66, also must forfeit more than $116,000 in cash to the federal government, U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said.
For more than a decade, Reid was buying 4 to 5 kilos every three to four months from Alfonso Elvao-Allocati, a 71-year-old dealer in Pasadena, Calif. That’s according to Allocati’s testimony last month during the trial of former Aspen resident Montgomery Chitty.
Reid pleaded guilty in January 2012 to possessing with the intent to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine.
Reid did not testify against Chitty, 61, who was convicted in a U.S. District Court trial on the same charge. But Reid was “ready and willing” to testify, wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Korver, who recommended the nearly four-and-a-half-year sentence.
Korver wrote that Reid “provided significant and corroborating information which assisted the United States in the prosecution” of Chitty.
Unless more are arrested, Reid’s sentencing brings a years-long investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration a step closer to its conclusion. Only Chitty and Allocati remain to be sentenced.
Chitty in May is expected to receive at least 20 years in prison, stemming from a prior marijuana conviction. Korver has recommended that Allocati, who testified that he sold similar amounts to Chitty after Reid went to prison in 2002 for a separate drug conviction, receive three-and-a-half years. Allocati, too, pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine.
Reid was one of five people with ties to Aspen convicted after their arrests in May 2011.
But his arrest stood out for numerous reasons: A former Glenwood police officer working for the DEA testified that former Pitkin County sheriff Bob Braudis and current sheriff Joe DiSalvo attended Reid’s birthday party in April 2011. Dubbed the “Awaynement,” it followed Reid’s arrest that month for having a kilo of cocaine in his car when he was stopped for speeding in Mesa County.
Braudis and DiSalvo both denied publicly having close ties to Reid.
Most of the $116,614 that Reid must forfeit was seized by the DEA following a traffic stop in Glenwood in July 2010.
In pleading guilty, he acknowledged that federal prosecutors would have been able to prove that he bought: 2 kilos from Elvao-Allocati in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2010; 1 kilo from him on Dec. 11, 2010, in Las Vegas; 1 kilo on Feb. 3, 2011, in Primm, Nev.; and another kilo on March 9, 2011, again in Pasadena, according to the plea agreement.
“On each of these occasions, the defendant returned to Aspen ... with the cocaine and distributed it to others,” Korver wrote.
Reid also must serve five years of supervised probation upon his release.
On April 7, 2011, DEA agents observed Reid buying a kilo from Elvao-Allocati outside a Las Vegas casino. The next day, Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies stopped Reid for going 80 mph in a 75-mph zone, and he was arrested and charged with distribution, manufacture or sale of a controlled substance.
He was arrested again, along with other upper-valley residents, the next month in a DEA sweep. All told, 10 people have been convicted.