Loudoun Co. Sheriff Seizes Pounds of Cocaine, Marijuana

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The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says it made one of the biggest drug busts in county history.

Deputies seized more than 2.5 pounds of powdered cocaine, a 1-kilo brick of cocaine, 5 ounces of crack cocaine, 1.5 ounces of heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of PCP, 429 ecstasy pills, prescription pills and $60,000 in cash, the sheriff said Wednesday.

The seizure occurred Tuesday at a Sterling hotel.

Two men were arrested and charged with drug offenses. Luis M. Garcia, 37, of New London, Connecticut, and 39-year-old Ronald Delaespada of Brooklyn, New York, are being held without bond.

Garcia jumped from a third-floor hotel room to an awning to elude police but was apprehended with the help of a police dog.

The street value of the drugs is about $250,000, and detectives believe the drugs were headed for the streets of Northern Virginia.

Authorities said the seizure was the result of a 3-month investigation.

Sheriff Mike Chapman said the investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

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