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Alleged drug dealer, found with 3 pounds marijuana, going to trial

A man charged of possessing with intent to sell three pounds of marijuana will go to trial, a judge ruled Monday. Edgar Paz Salguero, 24, faces an A felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and B felony possession with intent to...

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Edgar Paz Salguero

A man charged of possessing with intent to sell three pounds of marijuana will go to trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Edgar Paz Salguero, 24, faces an A felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and B felony possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine. In ruling the case had enough evidence to go to trial, Southwestern Judicial District Judge Dann Greenwood acknowledged the state’s allegations of dealing the three pounds of marijuana were stronger than the case for cocaine, more than an ounce was found, the complaint lists.

The intent to deliver marijuana was pretty clear-cut, one officer testified.

If it were just for personal use, Southwest Narcotics Task Force Agent Dave Wallace said, the three pounds of marijuana would’ve been “well over a year’s worth.”

The task force obtained a search warrant for the apartment after an initial report of a scent of marijuana. When the 10 to 14 officers executed it in the southwest Dickinson apartment complex Dec. 18, they found Paz Salguero in the residence and the drugs inside a closet in a room that also contained objects belonging to him, like his wallet.

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In his apparent room, officers also found “packing materials” indicative of drug-dealing, like a scale and plastic baggies, Wallace testified.

While the amount of cocaine discovered could be for personal use, Assistant Stark County State’s Attorney Jim Hope said “it’s reasonable to believe the cocaine would be for sale” since the marijuana likely was.

Paz Salguero pleaded not guilty, and the case will go to trial. A pretrial conference has not been scheduled.

 

Treff pleads not guilty

Also Monday, Richard Treff, the man charged with shooting at Belfield police chief Nick Barnhard, waived his preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty.

Treff, 27, faces charges of C felony terrorizing and C felony interception with an emergency call after a Dec. 10 incident in which he allegedly “pointed a handgun at a police officer, while running at the officer and pulling the trigger,” according to the complaint. Barnhardshot Treff in the leg in self-defense.

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