UPDATE: Owner of El Paso in Hagerstown faces multiple drug-related charges after raid


The owner of El Paso Cantina and Grill in Hagerstown was arrested Monday morning after a raid by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies were seen leaving the restaurant on Washington Street with the owner, Jose Gomez, in handcuffs on Monday. 

According to court documents, the items found inside the business included one black plastic grocery-style bag containing four individually packaged bags containing suspected marijuana, one blue Susquehanna Bank deposit bag containing pieces of suspected crack cocaine, and two live ammunition rounds.

Court documents state that Gomez is charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana among other charges. Court documents also state that Agent Jurado “recognized multiple zip-loc bags and sandwich bags with the corners cut off, as a way a CDS supplier would package the suspected CDS prior to distribution.” Ammunition was also found in the restaurant, but no gun was recovered. 

All CDS and CDS paraphernalia that were collected were submitted to the Western Maryland Regional Crime Lab for further analysis. All non-drug pieces of evidence that were collected were sent to the Hagerstown Police Department Evidence room for safekeeping, the documents further state.

A judge from District Court allowed Gomez, to post a bond of $80,000. He is required to wear an electronic device as court officials say he is believed to be a danger to the public.

Gomez ran El Paso for 27 years on Washington Street in Downtown Hagerstown.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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