Sunnyside man accused of selling cocaine

Ten-month investigation leads to arrest

— A local man faces multiple charges after he was found with cocaine in a school zone.

Josue M. Lopez, 39, appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday.

He faces two charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. The charges carry school and firearm enhancements, records show.

Lopez’s address is listed as 31 Northbank Lane, records show.

He was arrested Thursday in the 100 block of South Hill Road when a detective with the county’s drug task force allegedly saw Lopez conducting a drug sale in his pick-up, a probable cause document shows.

A K-9 narcotics unit from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office was called on to help at the scene, records show.

Officers asked Lopez to leave the vehicle, and when he did so they saw a loaded pistol inside the driver’s door pocket, records show.

With a Sunnyside police officer on hand to assist, the dog alerted officers to a pill bottle under the driver’s seat. It contained 32.7 grams of cocaine.

During the search, officers also found packaging material, a digital scale and ammunition.

The arrest culminated a nearly year-long investigation, records show.

Detective Johnny Gusby with the task force, called the Law Enforcement Against Drugs Task Force, began it last March, records show. A month later, an informant bought a plastic parcel of cocaine from Lopez, records show.


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