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Five arraigned

February 22, 2001

on drug charges

By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

Five people arrested Saturday by the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force were arraigned Wednesday on drug-related counts.

Nicholas Paul Dyson, 42, of Ocotillo, Jesse Allan Beckett, 27, and Jeffrey Allan Beckett, 31, both of El Cajon, and Donna Lee Neideffer, 36, of El Centro, were arraigned on counts of possession to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy.

Jack Ellis Milner Jr., 32, of El Centro, was arraigned on a count of possession to manufacture methamphetamine.

Bail for each of the five is $50,000.

Both Becketts and Milner were still in the Imperial County Jail this morning. Information regarding the status of Dyson and Neideffer was not available.

A pretrial hearing is set for Friday and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 2.

A short-term investigation by county NTF agents ended as they searched a residence at 1638#C Painted Gorge Road in Ocotillo. Agents eventually discovered three locations containing items necessary to produce methamphetamine.

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Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3441.

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