Man charged with high level felonies related to firearms, fentanyl, meth changes plea

YORK – Andre Artis, 28, of Denver, Colorado, was charged with a number of high-level felonies related to illegal firearm possession while trafficking a large amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl in York County.

Initially he pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm during a Class 1D drug violation, a Class 1C felony; possession of a firearm during a Class 2 felony drug violation, a Class 1D felony; possession of a firearm while committing a felony, a Class 2 felony; possession of a stolen firearm, a Class 2A felony; and having no drug tax stamp, a Class 4 felony.

As part of a plea agreement, the charges were amended to one count of attempted possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a Class 2A felony. He pleaded no contest to that remaining charge. The rest were dismissed.

This case began when a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular duty on Interstate 80 when he saw a speeding vehicle.

A traffic stop was initiated and while the deputy was talking with the driver, he could see a large knife and a glass pipe on the center cup holder with white residue, according to court documents.

Artis was a passenger.

It was discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in Colorado.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and deputies found 2.1 grams of fentanyl and 2.3 grams of methamphetamine in the center console. They also found a digital scale with white residue in the glove box, with the residue being confirmed as meth. A knife was also found.

In the back seat, they found a loaded .22 mag revolver, marijuana, a bag with two Glock 9 mm magazines along with 21 9 mm caliber bullets, six .380 caliber bullets and six .22 caliber bullets.

In Artis’ bag, which he was wearing, they found seven bags containing 78.5 grams of fentanyl, nine bags containing 11.4 grams of methamphetamine, two Narcan doses, a digital scale with meth residue; unused baggies, two plastic tubes containing 36.7 grams of fentanyl; and a Ruger LCP 11 .380 handgun with a loaded magazine (which was confirmed to be stolen).

He will be sentenced for the single count – a Class 2A felony – on April 22.

 

 

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