CLEARFIELD – A man accused of selling crack cocaine waived all charges to court at his preliminary hearing Wednesday at the Clearfield County Jail.
Robert Aron Rodriguez, 33, of Clearfield has been charged by the Office of the Attorney General with four counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and two counts each of intentional possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility. For this, his bail has been set at $100,000 monetary.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Sept. 23, 2014, an agent made contact with a confidential informant about what information he/she had on Luther Ware or Rodriguez. The CI related he/she had met with them and was told to contact either Ware or Rodriguez anytime he/she wanted to purchase crack cocaine.
The same day, an agent provided $50 of official funds to the CI for him/her to purchase a half-gram of crack cocaine from Ware and or Rodriguez. Under direction of law enforcement, the CI sent a text message to Rodriguez from whom he then received a call and asked about stopping over to purchase “a little guy,” meaning a half-gram of crack cocaine.
Rodriguez instructed the CI to stop by his residence on Turnpike Avenue. Law enforcement transported the CI to meet Rodriguez there, and he/she allegedly purchased approximately a half-gram of crack cocaine. Rodriguez could be seen standing just inside the doorway of the residence when this occurred.
On Sept. 25, 2014, agents met with the CI again. He was shown a photograph of Rodriguez and confirmed he was known as “Bobby” and that he/she had purchased the crack cocaine from him two days earlier.
On Sept. 26, 2014, agents provided the CI with $50 in official funds for him/her to purchase a half-gram of crack cocaine from Rodriguez. The CI then made a call to Rodriguez to arrange another controlled purchase at his residence.
Law enforcement transported the CI to meet Rodriguez and dropped him/her off at the alley near Rodriguez’s residence. An officer observed the CI wait outside, enter and then immediately exit with Rodriguez. When the CI returned to the officer’s vehicle, he/she turned over the crack cocaine that he/she had allegedly purchased from Rodriguez.
Agents sent drug evidence from both controlled purchases away for laboratory analysis. Both were found to have a cocaine base, which is a Schedule II controlled substance, according to the affidavit.