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Washington man arrested for drug transactions near playground

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WASHINGTON, N.C. - Investigator’s with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Drug Unit arrested a man after he was dealing drugs near a playground in Washington.

On Tuesday, January 7th, investigators arrested Francisco Javier Mares, 26, of Walton Lane in Washington.  Mares’ arrest stemmed from investigators making controlled purchases of cocaine.

Francisco Mares is charged with four counts of Manufacturing, Selling, Delivering and Possessing a Controlled Substance within 1,000 feet of a Park or Playground. Mares is being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

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