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An alleged San Marcos cocaine dealer was nabbed with a large amount of the drug following a sting operation by the Hays County Narcotics Task Force on Nov. 15, authorities say.

The task force was tipped off that Chad Laprade, 22, had been selling cocaine in the city. A surveillance crew pursued Laprade and watched him enter Chimy’s restaurant on East Hopkins Street. Once he left the restaurant, Laprade walked to a back alley and met another male subject also known to be a cocaine dealer, a law enforcement reports says.

Officer Jayson Cormier, assigned to the task force, detained both men and called for a K-9 unit to sniff the outside of Laprade’s vehicle. After the police dog alerted authorities, a search of the vehicle found about a half ounce of packaged cocaine ready for sale, an affidavit used to secure an arrest warrant says.

With Laprade in custody, the task force executed a search warrant on his apartment in the 600 block of Mill Street. There, a range of illegal material was discovered: a plastic baggy with less than a gram of cocaine, a glass jar with less than two ounces of marijuana, a digital scale with cocaine residue as well as a handgun with two loaded magazines and an undisclosed amount of cash, says the affidavit, written by Cormier.

In the end, Laprade racked up three charges that included manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, court records show.

A day after being arrested, Laprade was released from Hays County Jail on bonds worth $65,500. His arraignment is slated for Jan. 6 at the 22nd District Court in San Marcos.

Before this incident, Laprade had received nine months of probation on June 24 for another possession of marijuana charge back in March, records show. The report did not give the name of the other accused cocaine dealer.

This story was originally published in the Hays Free Press. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.

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6 thoughts on “Accused coke dealer nabbed in San Marcos sting

  1. I’m glad he’s been nabbed, but I believe we lost the drug war many years ago. It’s past time we took a new approach – like legalizing, controlling, and taxing drugs – as we do alcohol. The drug war has ruined Mexico and is ruining other countries as well.

  2. True enough, but it’s unlikely current dealers are going to be opening up Bob’s Coke Store. They’re typically dealing, because they’re criminals, not because they have some kind of passion for drugs. Legalize it, and they’ll turn to some other criminal endeavors, I suspect.

  3. I would argue that many dealers are in it because it is a well-paying crime without the need to take such a tangible risk as holding up a bank or robbing a home. I suspect most petty dealers would hardly take up such criminal activities if their incentive for selling drugs was taken away by legalization. Would some people just shift to a different criminal activity? Sure. I’m guessing the hardcore gangsters are going to break the social contract regardless. But, look at what happened when Prohibition was repealed…did crime rates stay the same after the 21st amendment was passed? Nope, they went down. Many of the people who were willing to commit a “victimless” crime like selling alcohol were not willing to turn to different criminal activities when the one they were willing to partake in was no longer a crime…I suspect drug selling is very much the same thing…there are other examples from Europe to look at as well…

  4. Almost everyone I talk to about the “War on Drugs” agrees that it was a lost cause from the beginning and that we are creating ruin around the world thru our continuing efforts. Unfortunately, we now have an enormous bureaucracy that is in place to fight this war, and we are draining our treasury trying to keep the losing effort going. Most politicians I’ve heard speak about it seem to support what we are doing. I believe that it’s in their financial-political interest to do so. Few legislators have the guts to speak the truth about this subject.

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