Rafy Rodriguez's Yelp reviews as a barber sing of his artistry in handling hair. They don't address whether or how Rodriguez is as adept at handling cocaine or marijuana.
Miami Beach police, probably well-coiffed after a month of haircuts and surveillance at La Vaina Barbershop, addressed that in the eight-page report after Rodriguez's Monday arrest.
Rodriguez, 36, is facing 10 counts of marijuana possession and selling; seven counts of cocaine possession and selling; five counts of ecstasy possession and selling; and two counts of using a communications device in an unlawful act.
He's being held on $120,000 bond.
La Vaina Barbershop, located at 6634 Collins Ave., gets four-and-a-half stars on Yelp, apparently partially because of Rodriguez.
One reviewer wrote, "It's the best barbershop in South Florida. ... Raffy & Michael make u feel like family when you walk in ... and they both take their craft seriously which is all u can ask for ... I am loyal customer from NY ... so when I tell them (they) can both cut ... I mean it..keep doing it guys!"
Another wrote in October 2016, "Coming from NY haven't been able to really find a great barbershop in SFL ... and came across La Vaina that just opened up and I think I found my new spot in Miami ... brand new, experienced barbers, friendly spot and very well maintained. Ask for Rafy he will have you looking like a (Million)."
But when Undercover Detective A sat in Rodriguez's chair on March 15, the arrest report says, he didn't ask Rodriguez to look like a million dollars. He asked Rodriguez for $40, specifically, if the barber could hook him up with a "40 piece" of "green."
After Rodriguez returned with $40 of marijuana and started to cut Undercover Detective B's hair, the report says he asked Undercover B if he also smoked marijuana. Undercover B said he did, but he also enjoyed cocaine.
"Defendant Rodriguez stated he could get cocaine next time, just let him know," the arrest report reads.
When Undercover A returned March 23 and mentioned hotel pool parties going on with the Ultra music festival, the report says Rodriguez offered, "I have ecstasy, coke and weed if you need some."
Undercover A took Rodriguez up on his offer, buying seven pills for $120.
The detectives visited La Vaina Barbershop four more times in April. During the first visit on April 6, a detective went in for a haircut while another officer entered the barbershop and negotiated a drug deal with Rodriguez, the arrest report says.
"I got you," his arrest affidavit says. Less than an hour later, according to police, Rodriguez handed the detective four grams of cocaine during a handshake. The detective said he also bought a small amount of marijuana.
Six days later on April 12 as detectives were watching Rodriguez's apartment, one of them called the suspect and ordered an ounce of marijuana. An exchange was made for $220.
The next day one of the detectives again went into the barbershop for a haircut, the arrest report says, where he bought more than an ounce of cocaine.
And finally on April 23 detectives descended on Rodriguez's home and the barbershop, gathered more evidence and made the arrest.
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