Fairbanks man accused of selling cocaine to Army undercover agents

Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man is charged with selling cocaine to undercover agents, including an Army investigator.

Marquez Pennington, 21, was arraigned Friday in Superior Court on four counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance in connection with the incidents, which reportedly occurred in February and April. The fourth count charges Pennington with being in possession of more cocaine with the intent to distribute it.

According to a felony complaint filed by the Alaska State Troopers, Pennington sold 2.6 grams of cocaine to an undercover informant in front of an Army investigator. In a second incident, Pennington allegedly sold 5.8 grams of cocaine to the investigator.

The third alleged sale, of 2.8 grams of cocaine to the undercover informant, reportedly took place April 5. According to the complaint, Pennington had nine other one-gram bags of suspected cocaine in his possession.

The military became involved after Pennington allegedly tried to make sales to members of the armed forces, according to Sgt. J.R. Roberts of the troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit.

Pennington was being held without bail. The felony complaint said he was on probation in connection with a 2000 cocaine possession case at the time of his arrest.

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