By DENNIS J. WRIGHT

dwright@phoenixvillenews.com

PHOENIXVILLE - A Phoenixville man was ordered to stand trial in district court Thursday afternoon on drug charges after police allegedly found several bags of cocaine on him during an arrest earlier this month.

According to court testimony, Officer Jose Sousa said he came into contact with Kevin Jay Dougherty, 21, of the 500 block of Chester Avenue, Phoenixville, following a disturbance call at 9:02 p.m. Feb. 7.

"I received a report of a disturbance involving a male and female in the area of Bank and Bridge streets," said Sousa. "Upon arrival, I came upon Dougherty walking with an underage female. I noticed he had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his speech was slurred."

After a breathalyzer test showed a positive read for alcohol, Sousa testified he took Dougherty into custody for public drunkenness.

"He (Dougherty) was transported to the police station," said Sousa. "While Dougherty was in custody, he was searched and I discovered three small black plastic bags containing a white powder in the front pocket of his pants."

The white powder was NIK field tested, which resulted positive for cocaine, said Sousa, and the remaining bags were sealed as evidence and sent to Lima Labs.

After hearing all of the testimony, District Justice Ted Michaels dropped an original charge of disorderly conduct, and held the remaining charges over for trial.

Dougherty is charged with possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and public drunkenness.

He was remanded back to Chester County Prison in lieu of ten percent of $3,500 bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, 2004.

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