OGDEN -- A key player in a large Top of Utah drug ring pleaded guilty Wednesday to five identical counts of distribution of a controlled substance.
Timothy Nelson, 31, stood before Judge Brent West in 2nd District Court as he pleaded to the second-degree felonies.
Nelson's attorney, Earl Xaiz, confirmed to West a plea deal has been tentatively reached with prosecutors. The agreement, if fulfilled at sentencing, would spare Nelson from prison time and assign four of his sentences at Weber County Jail to run concurrently.
The fifth sentence would run consecutively with the others under the expected terms of the deal.
The Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force reported in July they had busted a drug ring ranging throughout Weber, Davis, Utah and Cache counties as well as part of Wyoming. The investigation identified Nelson as a main supplier in addition to alleged co-conspirator David Chacon, who is scheduled to be sentenced May 15 for his own distribution charge.
About $400,000 in cash and assets were seized and 14 others were arrested in the bust, which was facilitated by the Weber County Sheriff's Office, Ogden Police Department, Utah Highway Patrol and FBI, among others.
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