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Altus suspect's bond set for $1.25 million

Notorious on the Altus drug scene, Robert Rodriguez was finally caught.  His bond was set at $1.25 million and he faces two life sentences for drug charges.  An undercover detective bought meth, worth more than $2200, on two separate occasions from Rodriguez and that, combined with his prior record, could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Residents can't believe that such a huge drug arrest could happen in their neighborhood.  "That's awful close.  A little too close for what I really like.  I don't like that - drugs," said Vicki Ratliff.  She lives only two houses away from where Rodriguez was arrested. 

District Attorney John Wampler says Rodriguez had been in and out of prison on drug charges and while he was out this time, they learned he was at it again.  "We knew he was back in the business again - of selling narcotics, this time meth - and that's why he became a target...someone we were attempting to purchase drugs from," said Wampler.

Wampler says Rodriguez sold the informant more than 20 grams of meth each time which is considered trafficking (a stiffer penalty) rather than distribution.  "We feel like he was a significant dealer and getting him off the streets, again, will certainly have an impact on the drug problem here," he said.

Now that Rodriguez has been arrested, residents can breathe a little easier.  "We got a lot of little kids in this neighborhood.  I'm glad they caught him and got him off the streets.  It needed to be that way," said Ratliff.  Rodriguez now faces two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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