Loudoun detectives seize large amount of drugs from Sterling hotel; two in custody
Loudoun County narcotics detectives on Tuesday seized a large amount of illegal drugs from a Sterling hotel room and arrested two men in connection with the incident following a three-month investigation.
Luis M. Garcia, 37, of Connecticut, and Ronald D. Delaespada, 39, of New York, are charged with distribution of narcotics and possession with intent to sell/distribute.
The men are being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond.
Garcia was taken into custody about 3 a.m. at the scene when he walked out of the third floor room as members of the Loudoun County Tactical Enforcement Unit were preparing for their search, according to sheriff's office reports.
Delaespada was arrested after leading deputies on a chase through some woods near the hotel in the 45500 block of Majestic Drive.
Deputies said Delaespada jumped from a third-floor balcony and onto an awning below as detectives attempted to enter the room.
He fled into a wooded area and refused to comply with deputies' commands to come out or show his hands.
A Loudoun County K9 unit was brought in to find Delaespada.
Detectives seized more than 2.5 pounds of cocaine, a brick of cocaine weighing 1 kilo, 5 ounces of crack cocaine, 1.5 ounces of heroin, 6 pounds of marijuana, 5 ounces of PCP, 429 ecstasy pills, prescription pills, $60,000 in cash and other drug-related items. Two vehicles were also seized as part of the investigation.
The bust was one of the largest seizures of narcotics and cash in the history of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, according to reports.
A spokesperson for the sheriff's office said detectives have not yet determined an estimated street value for the seized narcotics.
“The arrest of these two men along with the recovery of a large amount of drugs has made our streets safer,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman in a prepared statement. “The efforts of the members of the Tactical Enforcement Unit during the course of the investigation combined with the coordinated efforts of our patrol deputies during Tuesday morning’s arrests were exemplary.”
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