Pair charged in drug raid near Garrison Middle School

Roman Garcia and Priscilla Chavez were arrested after a monthlong investigation by city police.

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WALLA WALLA -- Formal charges have been filed in Walla Walla County Superior Court against two people arrested in a weekend drug raid.

Roman Garcia, 21, of 258 Willard St., was charged Monday with three counts of delivering cocaine within 1,000 feet of the school and one count of delivering marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school. The raid was at Garcia's home, which is across the street from Garrison Middle School.

He was also charged with one count each of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. Both charges carried the enhancement of being within 1,000 feet of a school. Bail was set at $50,000 by Judge Donald W. Schacht.

Priscilla Chavez, 38, also of 258 Willard St., was charged with one count of possession of cocaine, according to court files. Her bail was set at $7,500.

Garcia and Chavez were arrested early Saturday morning when police raided the Willard Street home after a monthlong investigation.

According to police, numerous purchases of cocaine and marijuana were made during the investigation by drug detectives from a special teams unit. Police also seized cash, marijuana and cocaine during a search of the home.

According to police, 17-year-old relative of Garcia who is currently incarcerated at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center also faces charges of intent to deliver cocaine and marijuana. At the time of the raid, the youth was already being held for investigation of felony residential burglary and felony possession of a firearm.

Garcia and Chavez are scheduled for arraignment April 12, said Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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