Drugs

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/13/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

A former field representative for James Ramos, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, was charged Friday with two felony counts of smuggling drugs and drug paraphernalia into the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center in Devore.

Michael Lipsitz, 53, of Landers was Ramos’ liaison for the Morongo Basin before his Feb. 4 arrest at the jail. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, where he posted bond on $25,000 and was released from custody the following day, authorities said.

Also charged Friday was Joshua Jonathan Rhodes, who will turn 26 on Saturday. He is the inmate Lipsitz is suspected of providing the drugs during a scheduled visit at the Glen Helen Fire Camp, a volunteer firefighter program for inmates, on Feb. 4.

Rhodes was charged with two felony counts, one for possession of methamphetamine and one for possession of heroin, in jail.

The two are scheduled for arraignment April 9 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Lipsitz declined comment Friday, referring comment to his attorney, C. Patrick Milligan.

Milligan said Friday he had not yet received any information or evidence in the case, and would refrain from saying anything until he has, which will likely be after the April arraignment.

Lipsitz maintained his innocence last week during a telephone interview, saying he had no drugs on his person or in his vehicle at the time of his arrest, and that it was a sheriff’s deputy who approached him during his visit with Rhodes and held out a Ziplock baggy with what appeared to be “tobacco spit” inside.

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