Man faces 6 felony cocaine charges

Published 9:04 am Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A 28-year-old Albert Lea man was charged in Freeborn County District Court Tuesday with six felony cocaine charges stemming from drug sales to a drug task force informant.

Orlando Carrero of College Street faces one count of first-degree cocaine sales, one count of second-degree cocaine sales and four counts of third-degree cocaine sales.

The first-degree charge alleges Carrero unlawfully sold at least 10 grams of cocaine during a 90-day period, and the second-degree controlled substance charge alleges he sold 3 grams or more of cocaine within a 90-day period, according to court papers.

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The papers indicate the South Central Drug Task Force deputy with the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office investigated narcotics trafficking by Carrero from June 24 through July 9 of 2008. A total of 11.3 grams of powder containing cocaine were sold to a task force informant, the documents state.

During Carrero’s first court appearance on the charges Tuesday, Assistant Freeborn County Attorney David Walker recommended that Carrero’s unconditional bail be set at $100,000 because of the serious nature of the charges and the repetitive nature of them. He did not recommend a conditional bail.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab approved Walker’s recommendation.

The first-degree cocaine sales charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

During the Tuesday appearance, Carrero was charged with one felony count of fifth-degree marijuana sales. Unconditional bail for this charge was set at $15,000.

Carrero is next scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. March 2.