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A complaint about a Lancaster man waving a gun in a parking lot Tuesday evening led to the seizure of about three ounces of cocaine, nearly $1,000 in drug money and a stolen firearm.
James Edward Hayden, 49, of 3085 North Apartments, was charged Tuesday with trafficking powder cocaine 28 to 100 grams, second offense.
Deputies came to the apartment complex between 6 and 6:30 p.m. after receiving a call about a man in a yellow jacket in the parking lot with a gun, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.
Deputies saw Hayden, who matched the description, exit a blue Chevrolet truck. While a deputy searched Hayden for weapons, he found a bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket, the report said.
Another deputy checked the truck that Hayden had just left and found a black handgun and a bag on the driver's side floorboard that contained three smaller plastic bags of powder cocaine, the report said.
The cocaine weighed about three ounces and had a street value of about $3,000, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.
"That's a good amount of drugs," he said.
There was also $958 inside the car, which deputies have treated as an element of drug trafficking, Holland said. Deputies then learned that the gun, a 9-mm Luger, was stolen.
Hayden was arrested and taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center, where he was released Wednesday on a $25,000 bond, Holland said.
Hayden was also charged with distribution of powder cocaine within proximity of a park, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, possession of a stolen firearm and simple possession of marijuana.
Hayden could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted on all charges and if all the charges are served in succession, Holland said.
He said the trafficking charge alone carries between a 10- to 30-year prison sentence.
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