PHOENIXVILLE - A Phoenixville man was ordered to stand trial in district court Thursday afternoon on drug charges after police found 25 packets of cocaine on his person while serving an arrest warrant on him last week.
According to Sgt. Tom Sjostrom, members of the Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force and Phoenixville Police Department arrested Jose Eteban Garcia, 27, of the 100 block of Gay Street, Phoenixville, inside Lojo's Bar, 233 Bridge Street around 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
"We were at Lojo's Bar to execute an arrest warrant on Garcia from the Montgomery County Drug Task Force," said Sjostrom. "We entered the bar through the rear and Garcia was standing near a pool table. We asked him for identification, which he produced for us. We then placed him in custody. When asked if he had any drugs or weapons on his person, he acknowledged that he did."
Sjostrom said Officer Mike Barrett recovered 25 clear blue packets of a white powder substance, which field-tested positive for cocaine, along with a small amount of packaged marijuana.
"We transported him to the station and we found more cocaine on his person, along with two cellphones and $60," said Sjostrom.
Phoenixville Detective Gary Lynch testified he interviewed Garcia, who told him that he had more drugs in his apartment.
"Lt. William Mossman was informed to get a search warrant for Garcia's apartment," said Lynch. "Barrett and I went to Garcia's apartment and discovered a male was inside. We found a bag of marijuana inside the toilet. The male left the apartment prior to being interviewed."
Mossman, a field supervisor for the Chester County Municipal Drug Task Force, testified the bag of marijuana recovered from the toilet weighed close to 3 ounces.
"There were seven peach-colored packets of marijuana inside the bag as well," said Mossman. "They were consistent with the packets found on Garcia. We also recovered $720 in cash from the apartment."
The other man allegedly inside Garcia's apartment, Pedro Matos, Jr., 28, of New York, N.Y., still remains at large. 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 on Jan. 6.
After hearing all of the testimony, District Justice Ted Michaels held the charges over for trial.
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 remanded back to Chester County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2004.