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Three face charges in alleged meth conspiracy

August 18, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

Three people have been arrested and are facing various charges accusing them of serious drug production charges.

Jason M. Rosalez, 41, of Badger, Mellissa A. Hogan, 38, and Elizabeth J. Coppinger, 18, both of Fort Dodge, were arrested Thursday and charged with various crimes in relation to an alleged methamphetamine conspiracy.

It's alleged that Rosalez conspired to manufacture meth with both Hogan and Coppinger. Investigators, according to court documents, found numerous precursors to the drug, including pseudoephedrine and lithium. Rosalez and Hogan are accused of driving around to various Fort Dodge stores buying the precursors, and Coppinger allegedly bought some of the items and gave them to Rosalez.

Rosalez and Hogan have been charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, over five grams, in the presence of minors. It's alleged that while the meth was being manufactured, two children were in the house in the 1400 block of South 15th Street.

Rosalez is also charged with receiving lithium as a precursor to manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of pseudoephedrine, operating while impaired and driving with a suspended license.

Hogan is also accused of having a stun gun in her purse. She was charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

All three were charged with receiving a precursor with the intent to manufacturing methamphetamine - pseudoephedrine.

They made their initial appearances in Webster County Magistrate Court on Friday morning.

As Magistrate Steve Kersten read the complaint, Rosalez, using obscenities, claimed the charges were untrue. Kersten told him to remain silent.

Rosalez also demanded to know what happened to his money. He said he had $1,000 on him before his arrest. Kersten told Rosalez to pose those questions to his attorney.

Rosalez was ordered held in the Webster County Jail on $121,000 bond. Kersten set Hogan's bond at $107,000. Coppinger was released with supervision to the Department of Adult Corrections.

All three have their preliminary hearings scheduled for Aug. 24.



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