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Two men face charges in drug sting

August 21, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were charged Friday in connection with a case involving more than a pound of cocaine that was sold to undercover officers for $10,000, according to police.

Eduardo Arturo Alverez Garcia, 21, no fixed address, was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and one felony count of distribution of cocaine.

Victor Manuel Rodriguez, 23, of 265 Raging River Road in Falling Waters, W.Va., was charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

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The drug buy began Thursday, when an unidentified undercover officer from the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force called Garcia and asked to buy 5 ounces of cocaine, according to records filed in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Garcia allegedly told the officer that the cocaine would cost $2,750 and to meet him in the parking lot of City Hospital in Martinsburg.

As the officer waited, Garcia allegedly called and told the officer to go across the street to the parking lot of the Martin's Landing apartment complex, police said.

Garcia then allegedly sold the cocaine to the officer, records state.

After buying the 5 ounces of cocaine, the undercover officer said he wanted to buy $10,000 worth of additional cocaine. Garcia allegedly told the officer to call him in an hour to arrange the transaction, records state.

When the officer called back Garcia allegedly said to again meet him in the parking lot of Martin's Landing. The officer and a second undercover officer went to the parking lot and showed Garcia the cash, police said.

After conversing with the officers Garcia allegedly made a phone call, causing Rodriguez to walk up to the group, records state.

Police said Rodriguez allegedly carried a bag that contained more than a pound of cocaine. At that time, both men were taken into custody by the undercover officers and other officers working surveillance, records state.

Garcia was being held in Eastern Regional Jail on $200,000 bail. Rodriguez was being held on $250,000.

Upon conviction, each of the charges carries a sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

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