Alleged drug seller waives hearing |

Alleged drug seller waives hearing

by Reid Williams

BRECKENRIDGE<A man accused of selling drugs that led to the overdose of a Keystone employee waived his right to a preliminary hearing in county court Tuesday.Ariel Hamm-Flores, 25, has been in custody at the Summit County Jail since his March 3 arrest on charges of distribution of a controlled substance and manslaughter for recklessly causing the death of another.The preliminary hearing requires prosecutors show enough probable cause exists for a trial. Hamm-Flores1 case now will move to district court. A date for the appearance has not yet been scheduled.Hamm-Flores was arrested based on witness statements that he sold pills of hydrocodone, which are prescribed for relief of pain and cold symptoms, and methadone, a heroin substitute for recovering addicts, to Daniel Golterman.Golterman, 24, a Keystone food and beverage worker from St. Louis, was found dead in his unit at the Sagebrush employee housing complex March 2. Golterman1s co-workers alerted emergency personnel after he failed to show up for work that day.According to Summit County Coroner Dave Joslin, an autopsy showed a heart defect that might have contributed to Golterman1s death, but 3nothing that would cause someone to die at that age. A blood analysis performed later confirmed Golterman died due to toxicity (or an overdose) from methadone.The manslaughter charge carries penalties of two to six years in prison, three years mandatory parole and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000; Hamm-Flores faces four to 16 years on prison, five years mandatory parole and a fine of $3,000 to $750,000 if convicted on the distribution charge.Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or

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