Captured fugitive bound over for trial

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By Carol A. Clark

The woman wanted on Methamphetamine trafficking charges who fled town last month and was later captured by Los Alamos police behind a Taco Bell in Albuquerque has been bound over for trial.

In a preliminary hearing Monday, Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered Leslie Kathryn Draper, 23, bound over for trial in District Court on seven counts of trafficking a controlled substance (Methamphetamine).

Draper remains in the Los Alamos County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

LAPD has widened its investigation of Draper’s case in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.

“This investigation, now entering its fourth month, has resulted in criminal charges against not only Ms. Draper, but also the identification of at least nine other co-conspirators,” Det. Doug Johnson said.

“Charges against each person identified are now being prepared.”

A search warrant was recently served on a home at 3851-C Alabama St., in which police found drug paraphernalia. They swabbed for Methamphetamine during the search and sent the samples to a laboratory for testing.

“The samples tested above legal levels,” Johnson said. “This home was rented out to someone and it’s going to cost thousands for the owner to have the home mitigated.”

This is a Section 8 home, according to reports and any illegal activity such as drugs or domestic violence can result in the home’s removal from the program.

Johnson said the police stand ready to work with homeowners who suspect their renters are involved in illegal activity.

“This case demonstrates the superb work and dedication of both Det. Jeremy Duran and Sgt. Jason Herrera, and I am proud to be able to work with such fine officers,” Johnson said. “We will continue to vigorously pursue all illegal drug activity to help make Los Alamos a safer community. As always, we invite members of the community to join us by reporting suspicious activity.”

Herrera also commended the collaboration between LAPD’s investigations and patrol divisions and the willingness of community members to join in the effort.

Duran explained that this case takes a hit out of the larger drug underworld in Los Alamos and other related communities.

“We will continue our mission to seek out anyone engaged in the dangerous activity of drug manufacturing and trafficking,” Duran said. “The DA’s office, state police, Albuquerque police and our local police and citizens all contributed to this great effort.”

Contact Carol A. Clark at lanews@lamonitor.com or (505)662-4185 ext. 25. Read her blog at www.newsextras.wordpress.com.