Barkeep guilty of dealing drugs on the job
A former bartender at the Brass Rail Tavern and Bigley’s Market in North San Juan will be sentenced in December after being convicted of dealing drugs on the job.
A jury of Nevada County residents convicted Mary Jane Mang of Camptonville – the former bartender at the tavern – on three counts of methamphetamine sales and two counts of marijuana sales on Oct. 23.
“The jury took less than 20 minutes to convict her,” Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips said.
Investigators with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control conducted an undercover investigation of drug activity at the bar starting in June 2005, according to court records.
ABC investigator Joseph McCullough testified he traded Mang cartons of cigarettes for methamphetamine and marijuana. He also bought the drugs from Mang with cash in a series of transactions spanning a six-month period.
Mang was working as the Brass Rail’s bartender during some of the transactions, and all of the deals took place at the bar, according to McCullough’s testimony.
Mang was arrested in February 2006 and pleaded not guilty Feb. 22, 2007, to all charges.
She is scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10.
Co-defendant James Foster, of North San Juan, was arrested at the same time as Mang, suspected of involvement in the tavern drug deals.
Foster pleaded guilty to possession of approximately 28.5 grams of marijuana and was sentenced in July 2007 to two years probation and 20 hours of community service.
A third suspect, Jacqueline Skovgaard, also was arrested with Mang and Foster, but the charges against her were dismissed at the request of the district attorney’s office in April 2007, according to court records.
The tavern’s liquor license was suspended for 40 days in June 2006 for ABC code violations discovered during the investigation, ABC Information Officer John Carr said Monday.
Doug Bigley, who owned the tavern during the investigation, said he knew nothing of the illegal drug activity.
During the suspension, Bigley sold the business. The liquor license was transferred to new owner Matthew Raymond Addiego, of Addiego Ventures Inc.
To appeal to families, Addiego has installed a pizza parlor and dining room, he said.
“We’re trying to clean things up,” Addiego said Monday. “We hold our staff to a higher standard, and we’ve made it a more family-oriented place.”
To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail rmoormeis ter@the union.com or call 477-4236.
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