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Drug ‘sting’ leads to unrelated arrest
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TRINITY – What began as an undercover drug purchase by police ended last week with an unrelated crack cocaine arrest. Richard Alexander, 35, of Trinity was charged on Monday, Oct. 3, with felony delivery of a controlled substance after being detained along with two others in the undercover operation. Alexander was not the target of the “drug sting” nor was he initially a suspect in the operation, Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones. Working in cooperation with Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, Jones said officers set up the drug sting using a local informant. The informant set up the drug deal by telephone with one suspect, who was to send two others to the actual meeting place in the Aspen Street area. Jones noted the Aspen Street area has become a “hot spot” for drug activity and police are currently watching two locations there. Instead of sending the informant to the meeting, police in plain clothes driving an unmarked vehicle were sent to meet with the suspects. When they approached the vehicle, officers detained them. “The two suspects did not have any drugs in their possession but a third man who happened to be with them did,” Jones said. Jones said the suspect, identified as Alexander, had four rocks of crack cocaine in a container hidden in his mouth when police detained him. The police chief said one of the two suspects targeted in the drug buy gave police a statement indicating he had been sent to make the drug deal but the person who sent him owed him money. He decided to keep the money instead of using it to buy the drugs that were to be provided to the police informant. The investigation is still underway and additional charges could be filed based on information obtained during the drug sting. Officers involved in the investigation in addition to Jones and Wallace included Sgt. John Raiford and Sgt. Randy Wheeler, both of the Trinity Police Department. Anyone with information about drug or other criminal activity is asked to contact police or provide anonymous tips through the Trinity County Crime Stoppers program at 642-2334.

 

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