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Colorado prosecutor indicted on drug charges, misconduct

DENVER – An elected prosecutor for Colorado’s northeastern rural plains was indicted by a grand jury on drug charges Thursday after an investigation by the state’s attorney general.

Brittny Lewton, 40, was charged with three drug felonies, including conspiracy and possession, as well as official misconduct, a misdemeanor, according to online court records.

A warrant was issued for her arrest and later canceled, according to the records. Logan County Sheriff Brett Powell said Lewton’s attorney told him she planned to turn herself in Friday.

The online court records did not specify type of drug or drugs were specified in the indictment, which was not immediately made available in Logan County, one of seven counties in the 13th Judicial District. That is where Lewton serves as the district attorney.

A spokesman for Attorney General Phil Weiser, Lawrence Pacheco, said he could not comment.

An assistant for Lewton’s attorney, Stan Garnett, said he planned to issue a statement on the allegations later Friday.

Democratic Gov. Jared Polis in August had issued an executive order appointing Weiser to investigate and prosecute unspecified potential criminal activity by Lewton.

According to the biography posted on her office’s website, Lewton started working as an intern for the 13th Judicial District before being hired in 2005.

After working as a prosecutor, Lewton, a Republican, was first elected district attorney in 2012.

She was re-elected by a wide margin in 2016 for the district that includes Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties.