Trial date set in Walla Walla cocaine-dealing case

Roman Garcia is accused of dealing drugs out of a house across the street from Garrison Middle School.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man who allegedly dealt drugs out of his home directly across the street from Garrison Middle School pleaded innocent Monday to six felony charges.

Trial for Roman Garcia, 22, of 258 Willard St., is scheduled for June 2 and 3 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Garcia is charged with delivering cocaine to a confidential informant who reportedly went to the residence to buy the controlled substance on three occasions in March.

Garcia also is accused of delivering marijuana from the home on March 3, and possessing cocaine and marijuana with the intent to deliver the substances. Police said they found those types of drugs, along with plastic bags and digital scales, in Garcia's bedroom when they served a search warrant March 27.

All of the charges include an enhanced allegation that the crimes were committed within 1,000 feet of the perimeter of a school grounds.

Another resident, Priscilla Chavez, 38, is charged with possessing cocaine that officials allegedly located in her bedroom. She pleaded innocent to the charge Monday and her trial was set for June 10 and 11.

Garcia and Chavez were arrested March 27. Bail for Garcia has been set at $50,000. Chavez was released March 30 on various conditions pending trial.

More than 20 law enforcement officers from various jurisdictions participated in raiding the home when the search warrant was served because of "numerous gang problems and the possibility of firearms" at the residence, according to a news release issued at the time.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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