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Man Wearing Electronic Parole Device Busted For Selling Cocaine

November 17, 1989

HOUSTON (AP) _ A state prison parolee wearing an electronic ankle bracelet intended to monitor his whereabouts is back in jail, accused of selling illegal drugs in front of his house.

Angelo Burnett, 18, known to friends as ″Electro Man,″ appeared in court Thursday and was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bond.

Burnett’s attorney, Bill Goode, said his client insists he knew nothing about drug sales.

But Prosecutor Chuck Rosenthal claimed Burnett told officers he assumed the ankle device, intended to alert authorities if he strayed from home, allowed him to sell drugs in front of his home. Burnett was on parole for a drug conviction a year ago.

Police said that when they arrested two other men Tuesday on drug charges, Burnett allegedly tossed away a newspaper that contained 37 crystals or ″rocks″ of crack cocaine.

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