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Man who pleaded guilty to dealing in cocaine sentenced

A Goshen man who admitted to having dealt in cocaine was sentenced in Circuit Court.

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 3, 2013 at 1:53 p.m.

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.

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