GOSHEN — A man who was found with $150,000 worth of cocaine in March was sentenced in Elkhart Circuit Court Wednesday, July 3.
Martin Garcia-Rodriguez, 31, of Goshen, pleaded guilty to dealing in cocaine, a Class A felony on June 13. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison as stipulated in the plea agreement.
Garcia-Rodriguez was arrested March 12 in his residence, located on the 2600 block of South Main Street.
According to the probable cause affidavit for Garcia-Rodriguez, the Elkhart Interdiction and Covert Unit started an investigation on Jan. 24 by making undercover purchases of cocaine.
After obtaining a warrant, police searched the residence and found Garcia-Rodriguez on Kercher Road, a location in which he sold cocaine to an undercover officer several times.
According to the affidavit, police found 140 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $154,000 and about $8,000 in cash in the Garcia-Rodriguez’s house. After waiving his Miranda rights, Garcia-Rodriguez told police he had obtained the drug from a supplier in Michigan and he sold cocaine to 10 to 15 different people.
Both his attorney and the prosecuting attorney told the court that Garcia-Rodriguez had been cooperative with authorities.
“He’s been very apologetic for what he’s done,” said Jeff Majerek, Garcia-Rodriguez’s attorney.
While sentencing Garcia-Rodriguez, the judge recommended drug addictions treatment at the Department of Correction.
The judge also noted that Garcia-Rodriguez would be subject to deportation because he appears to be living in the country without legal permission.