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JADE Press Release

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 4:30 P.M., JADE and the WASP [WASSP] Task Force (Waynesboro, Augusta County, [Staunton] and Virginia [sic] State Police) conducted a buy-bust operation on Cove Garden Road in Albemarle County. Authorities arrested Claudio Morales Rodriguez, age 39 of North Garden, after seizing approximately 125 grams of methamphetamine (Ice), with a street value of $4,500.00. Rodriquez was charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute (F) and is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail without bond.

On Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 1:50 P.M., JADE, with the assistance of the Albemarle County Police Department, the Charlottesville Police Department, the Virginia State Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service, conducted another buy-bust operation in the 2200 block of Barracks Road in the City of Charlottesville. This was the culmination of a month long investigation and resulted in the arrest of Carlos Wilfredo Garcia Sanchez, 38 of Charlottesville, charged him with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (F) and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone (F), and is being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Authorities seized over 500 grams of cocaine from Sanchez, with a street value of $14,000.00.

Later in the afternoon, at approximately 4:00 P.M., JADE conducted another operation, which was the culmination of a two month long investigation. The operation began in the Charlottesville area, and after one hour of surveillance, four individuals were arrested in Nelson County for possession of approximately 268 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute. The four individuals arrested were Juan Miguel Cubas, age 24, Bayron Diaz, age 30, Jonas Eberardo Moradel, age 25, and Fernando Carmonma Pacheo, age 36. Cubas and Moradel are residents of Albemarle County. Diaz is a resident of Richmond, VA, and Pacheo is a resident of Nelson County. Cubas was released on a $3000.00 bond, and the other three were held without bond pending hearings in the Nelson County General District Court. The Nelson County Sheriff's Department, Virginia State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Albemarle County Police Department assisted in this operation. This is an on-going investigation and further charges are pending.

(6 men held in undercover drug buys)