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Jury Finds Local Man Guilty Of Drug Dealing

On July 15, 2014 after a two day trial, a Colorado County jury sentenced an Eagle Lake resident to 2 years State Jail, the maximum term of imprisonment, for selling less than a gram of cocaine.

On March 26, 2013, Frank Cantu, 54, of Eagle Lake, sold cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Eagle Lake Police Department and Colorado County Sheriff’s narcotics investigators.

At trial Cantu claimed that the confidential informant owed him money and their meeting at the back of Lakeside Cemetery outside of Eagle Lake was so the confidential informant could repay him.

Colorado County Attorney Jay Johannes argued in closing that this was the jurors’ opportunity to “do something” about drug dealers in Colorado County.

“There is no parole or good time credit for a State Jail sentence. Cantu will serve the sentence day for day,” said Johannes.

“I want to start sending the message that if you deal drugs you will get caught,” said Eagle Lake Police Chief David Freeman.

He said that this is the second dealer sentenced to prison in the last 12 months.

“There will be more dealers to fall as long as the dealing continues,” he added.

In addition to the jury and law enforcement, Johannes thanked Assistant County Attorney Carolyn Olson and County Attorney Investigator Keith Webb for their efforts in bringing this case to trial.   [-end of story-]


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