JOHN DAY - Rodney A. Rookstool was arraigned last Friday, Feb. 19, on more drug charges stemming from a three-month, multiagency investigation into methamphetamine trafficking.

Also last week, police arrested 10 other people in connection with the drug case.

In a brief appearance in Grant County Circuit Court, Rookstool, 49, faced an indictment on 28 counts of drug charges and four counts of first-degree theft.

His attorney, Larry R. Roloff of Eugene, asked for time to review the discovery documents before entering a plea. He said the defense has received about 1,500 pages to review so far.

Rookstool also faces charges in Baker County, where the court granted 60 days for the discovery and any plea negotiations.

Grant County Circuit Judge William D. Cramer agreed to set the plea hearing in two months, on April 19.

The indictment lists three counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, one count of unlawful delivery of meth, two counts each of manufacturing or delivery of meth within 1,000 feet of a school, five counts of criminal conspiracy to possession meth, and 13 counts of criminal conspiracy to deliver meth.

It also includes four counts of first-degree theft. Rookstool is accused of receiving stolen tools and equipment, boat motors and a cooler, a Meyers snow plow blade and a camera and accessories.

Rookstool remains free after posting $25,000 security in Grant County. He already faced several drug charges stemming from his arrest Jan. 4 in a traffic stop near North Powder in which police seized about a quarter-pound of meth, about a half pound of marijuana, a .45-caliber pistol and about $1,900 in cash.

At the time he was accompanied by Christine Dillon, 46, of Bend, who was cited for possession of methamphetamine.

Police subsequently searched Rookstool's home at 109 N.W. Bridge Street and seized thousands of dollars worth of stolen property, $25,000 in cash, and a small amount of methamphetamine.

The latest arrests began Tuesday, Feb. 16, when Michael Robbins, 42, of Baker City was arrested on three counts each of conspiracy to delivery meth and solicitation to deliver meth, and Duane Chandler, 40, also of Baker City, was arrested on one count each of the same conspiracy and the solicitation charges.

Arrested Wednesday, Feb. 17 were:

? Destiny Dawn Burril, 26, John Day, conspiracy to deliver and solicitation to deliver meth.

? Debra Burril, 54, John Day, conspiracy to deliver meth and solicitation to deliver meth.

? Tina Day Couey, 40, John Day - two counts of conspiracy to deliver meth and solicitation to deliver meth.

? Theresa Placencia, 46, John Day, of conspiracy to deliver meth and solicitation to deliver meth.

? Etoile Benge, 36, Canyon City - three counts each of conspiracy to deliver meth, solicitation to deliver meth, as well as one count each of possession of meth and endangering the welfare of a minor.

? Ingo Wedde, 50, Prairie City, conspiracy to deliver meth and solicitation to deliver meth.

? Curtis Heard, 42, Canyon City, conspiracy to deliver meth and solicitation to deliver meth.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, police arrested Dillon at Rookstool's residence, charging her with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to deliver meth.

Chief Richard Tirico of the John Day Police Department said the arrests stem from a three-month investigation by the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team, which includes detectives of the Baker County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Baker City Police. John Day Police and the Sheriff's Offices of Grant and Baker Counties assisted in the probe.

In a separate undercover operation into methamphetamine sales, police in Baker County last week arrested three more people on drug charges. They are Jesse Linscott, 24, of Baker City; Jeffrey Sult, 37, North Powder, and Jake Fischer, 26, Baker City.

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