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Joshua Torres Cruz charged with selling meth

JOSHUA Torres Cruz, 28, has been charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance — methamphetamine or “ice.”

His case was sealed by the court last year upon the request of the Attorney General’s Office due to an ongoing investigation.

Recently, Assistant AG Chester Hinds made a motion to unseal the case, stating that the information on the case is no longer regarded as confidential and can be disclosed.

Cruz pled not guilty to the drug charges on Aug. 5, 2019 before Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja.

He appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections and was represented by Assistant Public Defender Karie Comstock. The government was represented by Assistant AG Heather Barcinas.

Through Comstock, Cruz waived the reading of the charges and waived advisement of his constitutional right.

Judge Naraja scheduled a status conference for Sept. 12 at 9 a.m.

According to the prosecution, Cruz possessed with intent to deliver or disperse a controlled substance on Sept. 27 and Oct. 1, 2018.

In an affidavit, a Drug Enforcement Task Force lead detective stated that a confidential informant provided information that Cruz sold “ice” day or night.