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Suspected drug dealer charged with multiple felonies
A criminal complaint was filed Friday afternoon in Yuma Justice Court against the Yuma man who was allegedly in possession of 31.4 grams of methamphetamine and $1,177 in cash when he was arrested, charging him with three felony offenses.
Appearing before Justice of the Peace pro tem Yolonda Torok, in what was a brief three-minute hearing, 42-year-old Ramon Altamirano was informed that the Yuma County Attorney's Office had reviewed the case against him and that he was being charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug for sale, one count of transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Acting on a request by prosecutors to increase Altamirano's bond, Torok raised it from the $40,000 it had been set at during a previous hearing, to a new amount of $60,000. She also assigned the case to the public defender's office to appoint an attorney to represent him.
Torok also scheduled Altamirano's next court date: a preliminary hearing for 4 p.m. on May 17.
Acting on a tip, the Yuma County Narcotics Task Force began to conduct surveillance on Tuesday on an individual suspected of selling methamphetamine in the area of 12th Street and Haupt Avenue. That individual was later identified as Altamirano.
Agents reportedly confirmed that the activity Altamirano was allegedly involved in was consistent with the sale of drugs and stopped his vehicle as he was leaving the area. Agents then allegedly found 31.4 grams of methamphetamine and $1,177 in cash, which is suspected of being the proceeds from drug sales.
Altamirano was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center.