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February 14, 2013

New York man sentenced on drug charges in Garrett County

OAKLAND — A New York man was sentenced to serve seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a drug distribution charge Thursday in Garrett County Circuit Court.

Michael Rodriguez, 38, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Related charges were dismissed upon his plea.  

Judge Jim Sherbin  sentenced Rodriguez to seven years in the Maryland Division of Correction and ordered him to pay $505 in court costs.

More than $7,000 was ordered by the judge to be forfeited, as well as several items of personal property seized as proceeds of Rodriguez’s criminal activity.

In July, investigators as-signed to the Garrett County Narcotics Task Force, with other uniformed officers, executed a search and seizure warrant at a house in Kitz-miller that was being rented by Rodriguez in the name of his business.  

Information had been re-ceived from numerous sources concerning activities associated with the house and with Rodriguez.

Officers found Rodriguez in the residence and seized a large quantity of cocaine packaged for sale, as well as a small quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and several pieces of gold jewelry, according to court documents.

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