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Keys carpet cleaner accused of selling cocaine from his work truck

A Key Haven carpet cleaner was taken to jail after being accused of selling cocaine from his work van.

Jerry Phelps, 54, owns Rug Busters, which the website Angie's List says has been in business since 1987.

He was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one each of intent to sell cocaine and using an electronic device to facilitate a felony, all felonies; and a misdemeanor count of possessing drug equipment.

Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean says during an undercover operation last week, detectives discovered that Phelps was using his Rug Busters van to make cocaine deliveries. Detectives obtained two warrants for his arrest and when he was in custody reportedly found on him nine bags containing more than 26 grams of cocaine and more than $2,000 in cash. A search of his house uncovered another 15 bags of cocaine, 31 grams of marijuana and more than $9,600, she said.

The investigation was conducted by the Key West Police Special Investigations Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

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