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Milford house, doghouse hold cocaine stash

A series of undercover cocaine purchases led federal agents to the rural Milford home of a convicted drug dealer where they found cash and cocaine stashed in various places around the property.

According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in South Bend, Jose Gonzalez, 61, was arrested on a two-count federal criminal complaint accusing him of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute as well as distribution of a controlled substance.

While law enforcement officers with a Drug Enforcement Administration task force searched his home, Gonzalez said he had a prior cocaine conviction in Kosciusko County.

No record of the conviction could be found in the Indiana Department of Correction or other public records.

Task force officers said they followed a dealer from drug buys in Elkhart County to Gonzalez’s rural home. According to court documents, Gonzalez would take kilograms of cocaine in at the home and then cut it into 2 kilograms.

As they searched his home, federal agents said they found a gallon-sized plastic baggie with 241 grams of a substance containing cocaine inside the roof of a doghouse.

More than $22,000 in cash was also found in the doghouse.

A plastic storage container filled with baggies of a rock-like substance containing cocaine was hidden in a fake stone pillar on the porch, authorities added.

More cocaine was found hidden in a dryer vent pipe, and scales, more baggies and smaller amounts of cocaine and marijuana were found in the house, agents aid.

Gonzalez remains in the St. Joseph County Jail in the custody of the U.S. marshals.