Report: Two West Virginia Jockeys Charged With Intent To Distribute Cocaine

According to The Blood-Horse, Charles Town jockeys Christian Eliezer Hiraldo and Guillermo Jose Rodriguez, both 25 of Puerto Rico, have been charged in federal court with aiding and abetting possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The two men were indicted March 20 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

The case has since been sealed as U.S. Attorney William Powell said an investigation is ongoing.

Both riders continued to take mounts until they were summarily suspended July 19. A stewards’ hearing was held July 25 to determine the riders’ status, but the outcome was unavailable despite requests from the Paulick Report to West Virginia Racing Commission executive director Joe Moore for information on the matter.

A number of firearms were confiscated and the two men have been conditionally released.

Gordon Becraft Jr., agent for Hiraldo, told Bloodhorse.com the rider had done nothing wrong and would be exonerated.

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