Two suspects from raid advised, back in court Tuesday


Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday advised Benito Gomez Medrano on a nine-count felony complaint related to Monday's drug raids.

James, speaking deliberately and assisted by a Spanish-language translator, listed the district attorney's four charges of possession and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor -- a charge linked to the alleged use of one juvenile male to distribute narcotics.

Gomez Medrano is scheduled to return before James Tuesday.

The judge Wednesday made no changes to his $250,000 bond.

Bond was set at that amount because of Gomez Medrano's pending drug-related charges in another state and one prior deportation from the United States as an illegal resident, James said.

The arrest warrant in his case remains sealed along with that of 26-year-old Roberto Loya, who James also advised Wednesday.

Loya is charged with one count of possession and distribution of a schedule II controlled substance.

He is being held at the jail on $20,000 bond.

Both men said they had yet to apply for public defenders to be represented in their cases.

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