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Followup Bust–

Posted on 31st March 2010 at 07:42

Additional details are now being released about Monday’s major action by the Narcotics Task Force, where multiple search warrants were served in multiple locations, resulting in arrests in both Cowlitz and Lewis Counties. Task Force officials say that this follows up on the bust of the “Riesbeck” drug ring that was busted in February; they say that Anthony “Tony” Riesbeck is continuing to coordinate and direct this drug trafficking organization, even though he’s in jail, awaiting trial. On Monday, search warrants were served at homes in the 100 block of Conifer Lane in Toledo, the 600 block of Military Road in Winlock, the 100 block of Bones Road in Toledo, the 500 block of Rosewood in Kelso, and the 500 block of 18th Avenue in Longview. Agents also went to the 100 block of Burma Road near Castle Rock, where a van and a travel trailer were seized, with search warrants pending on those. Five people were arrested and booked into the Cowlitz County Jail; Otis Pippen, 47, of Kelso, Stephanie Scheide, 27, Jodi Moline, 33, of Castle Rock, Randy Chalupa, 47, of Longview, and Erica Lewis, 34, of Toledo. All except Scheide are facing drug-related charges; Scheide is being held on a Thurston County warrant. In addition, Rhonda Lowders, 55, of Kelso is being referred to prosecutors on a meth possession charge. Andrea Bundy, 29, David Gregson, 45, and Kai Williams, 35, of Toledo were booked into the Lewis County Jail, along with Collin “Roo” Alvord, 32, of Winlock. Authorities are still on the lookout for Gilbert “Poncho” Leal, 36, who eluded police after a car chase through Kelso. More than a pound and a half of meth, and a large amount of stolen property was recovered during the investigation. Authorities say that they expect to recover more stolen property and make more arrests as the investigation continues.