MIchael Lipsitz

Lipsitz suspected of sneaking narcotics to jail inmate

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 12, 2015 @ 8:47 pm
Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM

The case against San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos’ former aide, arrested last week for allegedly delivering narcotics to a jail inmate in Devore, is under review for possible charges, District Attorney spokesman Chris Lee said Thursday.

Michael Lipsitz, 53, a field representative for Ramos in the Morongo Basin, was fired “immediately” once Ramos learned of his arrest Feb. 4 for allegedly sneaking drugs into Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, according to Sheriff John McMahon.

In a statement announcing Lipsitz’ arrest Feb. 5, McMahon added that Ramos “was shocked by the news, and assured me he has zero tolerance for any type of criminal behavior.”

But more than a week after the incident occurred, Ramos himself has not publicly addressed the arrest. Attempts to reach Ramos for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.

Lipsitz was visiting an inmate he frequently visits when he was arrested.

“Within minutes, deputies interrupted the visit as Lipsitz provided the narcotics” to 25-year-old Joshua Rhodes, authorities said in a statement.

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