Friday, April 27, 2007

Grand jury indicts accused drug dealers

Indictments follow major Blaine County drug bust

Express Staff Writer

A Blaine County grand jury has indicted 11 accused drug dealers who were arrested in a major bust earlier this month.

The indictments, charging the suspects with dealing in cocaine or methamphetamine, were unsealed Tuesday afternoon in Blaine County 5th District Court. Two of the suspects were brought into court for arraignment proceedings before Judge Barry Wood, who continued both cases until May 14.

Carlos Moya-Diaz, a 22-year-old Hailey man, appeared with his attorney, Dan Dolan, who requested that arraignment be continued because he and his client had not had the opportunity to review the indictment.

"I'm not comfortable entering a plea today," Dolan told the court.

The indictment charges Moya-Diaz with eight felonies, including two counts of delivery of cocaine, one count of trafficking in cocaine, three counts of failure to affix illegal drug tax stamps, one count of possession of marijuana in excess of three ounces and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver where children are present.

Moya-Diaz remained in the Blaine County Jail Thursday in lieu of posting $100,000 bond.

Also brought into court Thursday was Tristar Peon Ontiveros, a 30-year-old Hailey man who required the presence of a Spanish-speaking court interpreter during proceedings.

Wood continued arraignment for Ontiveros since the defendant was without an attorney. The Roark Law Firm in Hailey was appointed under its public defender's contract to represent the suspect.

The grand jury indictment against Ontiveros charges him with 10 felonies, including four counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, one count of delivery of methamphetamine and five counts of failure to affix illegal drug tax stamps.

Ontiveros remained incarcerated in the Blaine County Jail Thursday on $500,000 bond.

Moya-Diaz and Ontiveros were two of 11 suspects arrested April 11 when police raided one home in Ketchum and two in Hailey as part of a major drug investigation by the Blaine County Narcotics Team. Assisting with the bust were local law enforcement officers, Idaho State Police, the FBI and the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Also arrested on various drug charges were Jose Hurtado Jr., 24, Hailey; Juan Hurtado, 19, Hailey; Ramero Snow Hernandez, 20, Hailey; Francisco Vega-Salinas, 28, Bellevue; Fidel Cornejo-Gomez, 26, Ketchum; Refugio Regaldo-Gil, 22, Bellevue; William Smith, 66, Ketchum; Erika Moya-Monjaras, 21, Hailey; and Jorge Flores-Quintana, 24, a former Blaine County resident that was in ICE custody.

District court arraignments are scheduled for May 14 for most of the suspects.

Wood presided over Tuesday's hearings in the absence of Blaine County District Court Judge Robert J. Elgee, who was on vacation

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