Shooting leads to drug charges for victim

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A man who was shot at his Wake Village, Texas, home in November 2015 has been indicted for possession of cocaine.

Eldred Fifer, 41, was shot while at his home in the 1000 block of Ellen Avenue and transported to the hospital, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police who responded to what was initially a possible burglary call upgraded the crime to aggravated robbery in light of the shooting. While looking for evidence related to the gunfire, police noticed a plastic baggie containing a powdery white substance sitting on a digital scale.

The white powder was allegedly in plain view on top of a dresser in Fifer’s bedroom. The powder was field tested by police and showed to be cocaine. An official report from the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Tyler, Texas, states the bag contained 16.25 grams of cocaine.

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Earlier this month, Fifer was indicted for possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, between 4 and 200 grams. If convicted, Fifer faces two to 20 years in prison. Whether the shooting and cocaine are connected has not been publicly stated.

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