Suspected drug trafficker, held on $100K bail, applies for drug court |

Suspected drug trafficker, held on $100K bail, applies for drug court

A woman facing multiple drug trafficking charges dating back to 2011 — and who fled the justice system on several occasions for a total of nearly two years — has applied for admission to adult drug court.

Juli Abdeen is set to return to Nevada County Superior Court on Oct. 26, and remains in custody in county jail on $100,000 bail.

“Considering how sophisticated a dealer she was, and the fact that she was armed, and the lengthy delay due to (repeatedly) absconding, it would seem grossly inappropriate to reward her by placing her in adult drug court,” said Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips. “She’s accused of trafficking substantial amounts of meth, heroin and cocaine.”

Abdeen was arrested in July 2011 after deputies allegedly found 16 ounces of methamphetamine and three ounces of heroin at her home, as well as drug paraphernalia, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle.

She was arrested again in April 2012 at her Penn Valley home after narcotics task force officers reportedly found a wide variety of illegal drugs during a search.

A man standing in the driveway, identified as Jose Jesus Magana Montez, 43, fled the property over a fence, across Del Mar Way, through a field and a blackberry patch before deputies found him hiding in a stream bed. Magana Montez refused to comply with instructions and had to be pepper-sprayed.

Magana Montez was searched and deputies allegedly found about $1,000 in cash on him, along with one counterfeit $100 bill. His vehicle was searched and deputies allegedly found a large amount of drugs in baggies inside a small duffel bag — 5 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of heroin, 128 grams of methamphetamine and 155 grams of concentrated cannabis.

Deputies found Abdeen inside the residence, and she was arrested on suspicion of keeping a place for the sale of controlled substances.

Abdeen’s two cases were consolidated and she subsequently was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for sale, possession while armed with a gun, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a place for sale, cultivating marijuana and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

In April 2013, Magana Montez pleaded no contest to one count of possessing heroin for sale in return for a stipulated sentence of four years in prison, to be served locally.

Abdeen had several intermittent non-appearances in court in February and April 2013, but a jury trial was set for October 2013. She again failed to appear in July 2013 and a $50,000 bench warrant was issued.

She was arrested on the warrant in March 2014 and her trial was reset for August.

But Abdeen again failed to appear for a court date in June 2014; this time, a $100,000 bench warrant was issued. She was arrested on that warrant on July 23.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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