Drug-dealing suspect arrested

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By The Staff

Authorities said they recently arrested a drug dealer after executing a search warrant.

William S. Gonzales, 23, of 916 Taos St., was charged with trafficking crack cocaine, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana.  

According to Magistrate Court documents, the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force executed the warrant on Gonzales and his residence late on the afternoon of Aug. 24. Task force agents found Gonzales in the 1330 block of Grand Avenue, where he was a passenger in a car, documents state.

Two others were also in the car, and all three were detained. A large amount of suspected crack cocaine was found on a woman in the car, Jerroldine C. Madrid, 32, 1013 First Street No. 4, who was charged with tampering with evidence.

Gonzales admitted that he gave the crack cocaine to Madrid to hide on herself when the agents approached the car, according to the court records. At Gonzales’ house, agents found suspected marijuana, authorities said.

Magistrate Judge Philip Romero set Gonzales’ cash-only bond at $25,000 and Madrid’s at $10,000.

Gonzales was waiting to be sentenced for another drug trafficking case in which he had pleaded guilty, according to a task force press release.

Sgt. Mack Allingham, the task force’s commander, said Gonzales’ arrest will help the community reduce violent and property crimes.

“Success requires community involvement, which in this case helped the task force in the investigation that led to the arrest of a repeat drug dealer,” Allingham said in a statement. “The task force is committed to disrupt and infiltrate these drug trafficking organizations no matter who you are.”