Snowmass worker arrested on cocaine charges |

Snowmass worker arrested on cocaine charges

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – A Snowmass Village restaurant employee was arrested at work Friday on cocaine distribution allegations.

Francisco Javier Hernandez Garcia, 32, of Carbondale was advised Monday of separate charges of possessing and selling cocaine, both felonies. Bond was set at $20,000, and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold was placed on him.

The suspect was nabbed when authorities entered the back door of Pastore’s Taste of Philly in Snowmass Village. Officers arrested Hernandez Garcia on a warrant out of Garfield County for alleged possession and distribution of cocaine.

When Snowmass police officer Brady Jax, who was working in tandem with the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team (TRIDENT), searched the suspect at the time of the arrest, he discovered three baggies that allegedly contained cocaine, Jax wrote in an affidavit.

Hernandez Garcia admitted that the substance was cocaine, and that it was intended to be used by him and his friends, Jax wrote.

The suspect was deported from the United States in 2007, Jax said in the affidavit.

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