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John Muir sentenced to six years in prison in Montezuma County drug case

John Muir was sentenced to six years in the DOC. (Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office)
Muir has been found in possession of fentanyl

John Louis Muir, 29, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison the and two years of parole after being found guilty of possessing drugs with intent to distribute them.

All other charges were dismissed. He will receive credit for 106 days served.

Muir’s lawyers requested four years in the Department of Corrections, but Chief Judge Todd Plewe of the 22nd Judicial District decided to go with a six-year sentence because of the seriousness of the crime and because Muir was a repeat offender.

Muir was arrested in May and was found to be in possession of a 9 mm Beretta firearm and 295 fentanyl pills. Because of a felony conviction in July 2016, he is not permitted to be in possession of weapons.

While out on bond, Muir was arrested July 31 by Mancos Marshal’s Office deputy Mike Morris, who found him passed out in his vehicle behind the Conoco gas station on U.S. Highway 160.

During that arrest, which occurred days before he was set to accept a plea deal, Muir was found in possession of drug paraphernalia, 5 grams of meth and 10.5 grams of fentanyl.

Detective Tom Quinnett of the Narcotics Investigation Team, said Muir had fentanyl pills that had not been seen in the Montezuma County area before.

Muir’s arrest and subsequent sentencing are part of the Narcotic Investigation Team’s mission to find and arrest those who are trafficking and distributing drugs into the county.