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December 7, 2004

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            Two suspects are in custody after delivering one-half kilo of cocaine to a buyer in Niceville. The Okaloosa County Multi-Agency Drug Task Force arrested Steven Michael Sachs (pictured left), age 37 (1-22-1967); and Juan Armando Alvarez (pictured right), age 41 (10-27-1963), both of Miami, at a convenience store in Niceville Sunday evening (December 5).
         A ten-month investigation led to a promised sale of one-half kilo of cocaine in powder form for $14,000. The prospective buyer was a confidential source co-operating with the Drug Task Force.
     The transaction was effected Sunday evening, under surveillance, at a convenience store on Highway 85 in Niceville. 
Sachs and Alvarez were arrested the scene, and are held in the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview under bonds of one half million dollars each. The recorded drug buy money and more powder cocaine was recovered with the arrest.
                 The Drug Task Force consists of members from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office; the Crestview Police Department; the Niceville Police Department; and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).


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