Jose Eteban Garcia, 27, of the 100 block of Gay Street, Phoenixville, was arrested on various drug charges, while his alleged accomplice, Pedro Matos, Jr., 28, of New York, N.Y., remains at large following a search warrant of Garcia's apartment, said Lt. William Mossman, field supervisor for the Task Force.
According to Mossman, he came into contact with Garcia behind Lojo's Bar, 233 Bridge Street, around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
"We were contacted by Montgomery County Detectives regarding an active arrest warrant on Garcia. We were informed that Garcia tends to hang out at Lojo's Bar," Mossman said. "Several members of the task force and Phoenixville police converged to the back of Lojo's, discovered Garcia, and served the arrest warrant."
Mossman said that Garcia had in his possession 25 packets of a white powder substance, which field-tested positive for cocaine, along with a small amount of packaged marijuana.
"We obtained a search warrant from District Justice (Ted) Michaels to search Garcia's apartment," he said. "Sgt. Tom Sjostrom, Officer Mike Barrett and his K-9, Matrix, went to Garcia's apartment. When the officers arrived at the apartment, they discovered Matos was attempting to flush drugs down the toilet. However, the bag wouldn't flush so it was retrieved by officers."
The bag contained close to a pound of marijuana, along with seven individual packets of marijuana, which were consistent with the packets on Garcia. Also recovered from the apartment was $720 in cash, said Mossman.
Matos ran out of the apartment and was chased on foot by officers from Phoenixville, Schuylkill Township, and Valley Forge National Historical Park Rangers from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, said Mossman.
"We received calls that he was spotted in various areas, looking for a ride into Philadelphia," he said. "Apparently while we were taking Garcia into custody at Lojo's, someone tipped off Matos back at the apartment."
Matos is described as a Hispanic male, mid to late 20s, 6'1", stocky build, approximately 220 lbs., and was last seen running through Valley Forge National Historical Park. Matos' identification card and a bus ticket were found in Garcia's apartment.
"The bus ticket shows that Matos has been taking a bus from New York to King of Prussia on a frequent basis," said Mossman. "Matos arrived in King of Prussia from New York late Monday evening. It is quite possible he is on his way back to New York."
Garcia is charged with possession of a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of a small amount of marijuana.
He was arraigned before District Justice Chester F. Darlington, West Chester, Tuesday night and was remanded to Chester County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
A preliminary hearing date has yet to be scheduled.