Loudoun Co. Sheriff Seizes Pounds of Cocaine, Marijuana

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.


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

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