Jack Colby of Mammoth Lakes pleaded guilty Monday to one felony count of possession for sales of cocaine. Mono District Attorney Tim Kendall said the court sentenced Colby to three years in local prison. Colby also forfeited around $20,000 in cash and a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at approximately $15,000.
Last September, Mono County Narcotics Task Force agents reported that they had worked with the Sheriff’s Department and Mammoth Police in an investigation involving the sale of cocaine in Mammoth. MONET served a search warrant at Colby’s home and arrested the then 70-year-old man on suspicion of sales of cocaine.
Mono DA Kendall said officers found over a pound and a half of cocaine that was mostly packaged in 417 individual gram baggies. Kendall also said that along with the cocaine, approximately $20,000 in cash, several motorcycles, Colby’s personal vehicle and his residence were seized “based on the belief that they may have been purchased with drug proceeds.”
Kendall said after a financial investigation, Colby had to forfeit the money and the Harley motorcycle. The other motorcycles, vehicle and residence were returned to Colby who will now turn himself in on April 26th. Kendall said Colby will not have probation or parole when he is done with his custody time.
In November, DA Kendall had explained that Colby faced the potential of a double sentence. He explained that if a defendant has a prior felony and is convicted of a new felony, the court can double the sentence of the new offense. In Colby’s case, if he had been found guilty of the drug charges in a trial, his earlier assault conviction could have caused a double sentence.