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Elkhart man charged with dealing in cocaine appears for initial hearing
Posted on May 17, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on May 17, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.

GOSHEN — Surveillance of a suspected drug house led to the arrest of two men, one of whom was charged with dealing in cocaine. That man appeared for his initial hearing in Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday, May 16.

Antyon Buford, 35, of Elkhart, was arrested May 9 at his residence in the 1000 block of Michigan Street after police found he had a warrant from the city for driving while suspended. He has been charged with dealing in cocaine, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and maintaining a common nuisance. The dealing in cocaine carries a penalty of up to 50 years in prison.

Members of the Elkhart Police Department’s Drug Unit approached Buford’s residence the evening of May 9. Officers saw Buford and Johnny Stewart, 31, sitting at a dining table and getting up and running after they realized police officers were knocking.

Both men had active warrants for their arrests. While arresting them, police saw what they suspected was marijuana on the dining table where both men had been sitting previously.

After obtaining a search warrant, police found a stolen handgun magazine loaded with six 40-caliber rounds, an ashtray with smoked marijuana joints, a digital scale with white powdery residue that later tested positive for cocaine, a white plate containing crack cocaine and a razor blade. Police also found 10.4 grams of crack cocaine, a stolen handgun, another digital scale and 44 plastic bags with their corners missing in Buford’s bedroom.

After running a check on Buford, police found he was convicted in 1999 of dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug.

Buford was scheduled an attorney status hearing May 23. His trial has been scheduled for Oct. 21.