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Narcotic charges filed

Summit County prosecutors have filed formal narcotics charges against two men arrested on March 13 after a law-enforcement raid at an Old Town residence.

According to a Third District Court clerk:

( Omar Romero Flores, 28, whose address is on the 1000 block of Woodside Avenue, faces three charges — a first-degree felony of possession of a controlled substance and two second-degree felonies of distribution of a controlled substance.

( Nahun Cortes-Quintana, 24, who lists the same address, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony, seven forgery-related counts, each a third-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Neither has entered pleas. They are scheduled to make court appearances on April 3 for roll-call hearings. Such appearances are procedural in nature and it is unlikely that detailed information about the case will be discussed.

They are incarcerated at the Summit County Jail and immigration officials have ordered them held. Bail is set at $50,000 for each of them but the immigration holds would complicate efforts to release them.

The two were arrested in a raid at 1060 Woodside Ave., unit #3, when the authorities used a battering ram to knock down the door before tossing a concussion grenade inside and storming the residence.

The Park City Police Department said afterward about eight ounces of cocaine was found. The authorities also seized cash, drug scales, phony Social Security cards and false identification cards, the police said. Sheriff Dave Edmunds estimated the cocaine had a street value of between $10,000 and $12,000.

Afterward, Edmunds called the two "significant players" in the local drug trade and called the raid an "unbelievable arrest." He said the authorities spent several months investigating the case.

The authorities said the two are from Mexico and are in the U.S. illegally.

USSA complex

The team preparing to build a new headquarters and training facility for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association approached the Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday night, describing their view that the facility fits on the Quinn’s Junction land where it is proposed.

The Planning Commission was not scheduled to make decisions regarding the proposal and discussed a few topics related to the design. The development team talked about materials they plan to use and said they do not intend to build a cheap-looking building.

The Ski Team wants to build an 85,000-square-foot facility at the northwest corner of Quinn’s Junction, near the Park City recreation complex and the National Ability Center campus. The Ski Team site is part of an overall plan that also envisions an Intermountain Healthcare hospital.

According to a report City Hall staffers submitted to the Planning Commission beforehand, the Ski Team building will reach between 14 feet and 42 feet in height above the grade, or up to three stories tall, at some spots.

The general public has had little interest in the Ski Team’s planning efforts at the site but lots of Parkites support the team, which now keeps its headquarters off Kearns Boulevard.

Meeche White, who helms the National Ability Center, told Planning Commissioners the Ski Team facility works in the location and she plans to welcome them as neighbors.

However, White described the facility as a "huge building" and said the plans should include trees and other landscaping to make the site prettier.

"It made the ice rink look little," White said.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger


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