Drug dealer given three years in jail after another bust 

Oh, brother, why art thou in jail again?

A paroled South San Francisco drug dealer who failed to persuade his sibling to take the fall during a recent coke bust was sentenced to three years in jail, prosecutors said.

Keith Darwon Coldcleugh, 37, a parolee with five previous felony drug sales convictions, pleaded no contest Friday to charges related to an arrest Aug. 31.

Coldcleugh and his brother were reportedly driving on Mission Street near Daly City when they were stopped by police. Eight bindles of cocaine base were found hidden in a folded piece of paper inside the vehicle’s gas cap, prosecutors said.

Coldcleugh “pleaded with his brother” to take the blame for the drugs, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. His brother, who has no known criminal history with drugs, refused. A subsequent parole search of Coldcleugh’s apartment turned up $1,688 in cash and a client sheet detailing who has paid for drugs and who still owes money, prosecutors said.

As part of his sentence, Coldcleugh received 433 days credit for time already served. He remains in custody on $250,000 bail.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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