Life Sentence for "Fast Eddie"

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY, March 1, 2013 - Edward “Fast Eddie” Flores won’t be going anywhere quickly, except back to jail for a long time.

On Friday, 9th District Court of Judge Kelly Case sentenced the repeat offender to Life in Prison two weeks after a jury found Flores guilty of Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver.

Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden was pleased with the sentence.

“I’m very happy with the life sentence handed down by Judge Case this afternoon,” Constable Hayden said. “This trial was our first experience with newly elected Judge Case and we’re very happy with the outcome. Judge Case looked at all the evidence and was fair and impartial and this sentence shows he’s onboard with those of us trying to rid Montgomery County of illegal drugs and all the crimes they bring to a community.”

The constable said from beginning to end, the case was a perfect example of the justice system as it was meant to operate.

“People sometimes complain that we arrest criminals, they’re prosecuted and the judges just let them go free so they can commit more crimes,” Constable Hayden said. “But that didn’t happen.  Rob Freyer and Andrew James did an excellent job of prosecuting Mr. Flores, the jury found him guilty, and Judge Case has now made sure he’ll be off the streets for a long time.”

The charge stemmed from a an incident that occurred on the afternoon of March 22, 2012 when
members of the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Tactical Team conducted a narcotics investigation at a residence located at 22307 Smith Road in Porter where the homeowner had an active arrest warrant and was believed to be possession of stolen property. While they were on location, Flores arrived at the residence, which is the last house on a dead-end road. He was using his “delivery” truck to deliver methamphetamine, which he tried to dispose of in plain view of law enforcement.

When investigators first arrived at the residence, they found the homeowner attempting to destroy evidence by dumping clear plastic bags of methamphetamine into the toilet. Three other suspects were on location, and investigators found marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. A search of the residence revealed methamphetamine residue throughout the master bedroom, and inside a safe were methamphetamine residue and a 9mm handgun that was illegally in possession of the homeowner who had a felony criminal history. The safe also contained a .22 rifle.

Precinct 4 units, including Constable Hayden, were on location along with members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. As the investigation continued, a box truck with Fast Eddie’s Moving Company printed on the side turned into the driveway and stopped without continuing after the driver saw all the law enforcement vehicles. Flores, the driver, already had an active warrant. He stepped out of the vehicle, looking toward the house. Officers, including Constable Hayden and Captain Mark Seals motioned with their hands for Flores to come toward the house. In plain view of Constable Hayden, Captain Seals and a Precinct 4 Deputy Constable, Flores got back into the vehicle, grabbed a bag and threw it over the cab of the truck. The bag landed on the ground and the deputy immediately retrieved it while others detained Flores. The paper bag contained a plastic bag containing approximately 145 grams of methamphetamine.

During testimony, Constable Hayden called the house where Flores was making the delivery a “flop house” where criminals gathered to purchase and to abuse illegal drugs.

“Obviously, Edward Flores was attempting to make a delivery,” said Constable Hayden after the trial. “When he saw us, he had nothing to lose by trying to get rid of the evidence, so he threw it.”

Lieutenant Philip Cash of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, who heads up the Special Investigations Unit testified that the amount of methamphetamine Flores tossed over his truck was enough to cause a large number of people to become addicted.

The jury took less than one hour to return a guilty verdict.  Flores, who chose a jury trial and sentencing by Judge Case, faced a minimum of 15 years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“Mr. Flores has had multiple opportunities to change his ways and start over through the years, but even during sentencing, he refused to accept responsibility for this crime or any of the crimes he was convicted of previously,” Constable Hayden said. “Now he’ll have plenty of time to realize the only person he has to blame is himself.”

“The outcome of this case was a victory not just for us and the prosecution, but for all law abiding citizens,” he said.

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