Elkhart man pleads guilty to dealing in cocaine
GOSHEN — An Elkhart man arrested for dealing cocaine wanted to take responsibility, but was confused about one of his charges.
Patrick Wallace, 22, of Elkhart, was charged with two counts of dealing in cocaine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex, one count of dealing in cocaine within 1,000 feet of school property and one count of dealing in more than 3 grams of cocaine.
Wallace anticipated pleading guilty to all charges Thursday, March 28, but when Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker read to him the facts of his third charge, Wallace spoke with his attorney. He told the court he did not know he was within 1,000 feet of Mary Daly Elementary School when his third delivery of cocaine took place.
According to the probable cause affidavit for Wallace’s case, officers from the Elkhart Police Department Drug Unit made three separate purchases of crack cocaine from Wallace on Aug. 29, Sept. 4 and Sept. 12. On Aug. 29, Wallace met with a cooperating source who bought $50 worth of cocaine about 200 feet from LaCasa Family Housing Complex.
On Sept. 4, Wallace met again with the cooperating source, who bought the same amount of crack cocaine at the same location. On Sept. 12, Wallace met with the cooperating source at about 50 feet from Mary Daly elementary. Wallace sold $60 worth of crack cocaine to the cooperating source, according to the affidavit. After the controlled buy was completed, police made a traffic stop on Wallace. During the arrest police found the $60 that were used to make the controlled buy as well as 21 individually wrapped off-white rock-like substances that tested positive for cocaine. The aggregate weight of all the suspected cocaine was of 7.8 grams.
During his hearing, Wallace pleaded guilty to two counts of dealing in cocaine within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex and one count of dealing in more than 3 grams of cocaine. His sentencing hearing was scheduled for April 25.