Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Police Testimony Begins Cocaine Trial.

Byline: Jeremy Pawloski Journal Staff Writer

Detective Says Drugs Were Sold to Informant

A prosecutor called a man accused of dealing crack cocaine "a relatively big-time drug dealer as far as Sandoval County is concerned," but the defense attorney said he was an innocent bystander.

A trial began Tuesday in District Court in Sandoval County for Basilio Rojo-Alderet, 28, of Albuquerque, who is accused of selling about $500 worth of cocaine.

"The evidence is going to show that this is anything but the case of a big-time drug dealer," Rojo-Alderet's attorney Edward Benavidez said during his opening argument.

Rojo-Alderet was arrested in October 1999 after allegedly attempting to sell crack to a confidential informant near the informant's house in Bernalillo, according to a statement of probable cause for Rojo-Alderet's arrest. …

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