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Man charged in cocaine bust by Connellsville police

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 9:58 a.m.

A Michigan man is in jail, charged with bringing almost $20,000 of cocaine into Fayette County.

Connellsville police, working with state police Troop B Vice Unit, arrested Lucas McKinnley 'Fuddy' Floyd, 47, of 14905 Rossini Drive, Detroit, after they stopped Floyd's car at the intersection of Route 119 and North Pittsburgh Street shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday.

Connellsville police said Floyd had been the object of an ongoing drug investigation by state and local police for the past five years. As a result of that investigation, police said they learned Floyd was planning to bring a large amount of cocaine into the Connellsville area.

Armed with a search warrant when they stopped Floyd's car, police discovered 18 ounces - or more than half a kilogram - of a powdered substance that field-tested positive as cocaine. Officers also confiscated a digital scale, packaging materials and an Interarms 9 mm, semiautomatic pistol from the vehicle during their search, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed with the criminal complaint.

Police said the cocaine has an approximate street value of $19,800.

Floyd was charged with possession and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and a firearms law violation.

He was arraigned before Connellsville District Justice Ronald Haggerty and placed in the Fayette County Prison after failing to post $75,000 straight cash bond.

Floyd is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges Tuesday at Bullskin Township District Justice Robert Breakiron's office.

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