Jay man sentenced in drug case

A Jay resident was sentenced to 25 years in state prison Tuesday by Circuit Judge David Rimmer, following a drug bust last year that resulted in the largest recovery of crystal meth in Santa Rosa County to date.

Edgardo Xavier Rivera, 34, must serve 15 years of his 25 year sentence as a minimum mandatory, according to a press release from state attorney Bill Eddins. He was also assessed a $250,000 fine.

Rivera entered a plea to trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance (five counts), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of prescription drugs without a prescription.

According to the press release, on July 8, 2016, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office narcotics unit and SWAT team executed a search warrant at Rivera’s residence on Highway 4 in Jay. During the search, detectives located around 385 grams of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, various prescription pills, 15 firearms, and numerous drug paraphernalia. Sheriff’s office narcotics investigators obtained the search warrant after conducting an undercover purchase of methamphetamine from Rivera.

Rivera’s wife, Mariano Solano, was also arrested and is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 31.

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