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Waco: Local Man Sentenced In Federal Drug Case

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (February 13, 2013)--A Waco man was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier to possession of more than one ounce of crack cocaine.

U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith sentenced Angel Gilbert Perales, Jr., to 5 years in prison, followed by 3 years on supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment to the court.

Court documents presented at the time of Perales' guilty plea showed he was seen on March 3, 2012 standing in the street in the 800 block of Harlem as Waco police officers were conducting a drug surveillance.

Officers reported they felt his "behavior was consistent with suspicious drug activity."

Officers were told by a dispatcher that there was an active warrant for Perales, which gave them probable cause to search him for weapons or drugs.

Police found a plastic baggie of what they suspected was cocaine base in the front pocket of his pants and arrested him.

Officers also found a digital scale, which had cocaine residue on it, $448 in United States currency and a cell phone.

The substance in the baggie field tested positive for cocaine and was determined to weigh 34.55 grams.


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