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Elkhhart man pleads guilty to dealing in cocaine

An Elkhart man pleaded guilty to multiple counts of dealing in cocaine.

Posted on Oct. 17, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart man accused of dealing in cocaine pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 17, in Elkhart Circuit Court.

James Rice, 32, pleaded guilty to four counts of dealing in cocaine, a Class B felony.

He agreed to a sentence of no more than 15 years executed at the Department of Correction. However, the judge could impose a longer sentence.

Rice was arrested April 18, following an investigation by the Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit of Elkhart County.

Rice sold cocaine to cooperating sources four times between Feb. 22, 2010, and April 11, 2013.

On April 18, officers went to Rice’s apartment complex to conduct surveillance. They followed Rice to a 7 Eleven gas station on North Main Street, where they arrested him.

The judge scheduled Rice’s sentencing hearing for Nov. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

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