Hearing postponed in Ramona High School drug sting case

By Neal Putnam

The preliminary hearing for Skylor Rocky McGee, one of four Ramona residents arrested on charges of selling drugs to an undercover sheriff’s deputy, has been rescheduled from July 7 to July 18.

A preliminary hearing for Maxwell Gaffney, 19, charged with possession and sale of marijuana, heroin possession, and possessing a firearm with heroin, is set for June 27.

McGee and Gaffney have pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Forest Payne, 19, pleaded guilty to selling marijuana and possessing a tranquilizer for sale. He is facing a year in jail when he is sentenced this week.

The attorney for McGee, 20, requested more time and the delay was not opposed by the prosecutor in San Diego Superior Court. McGee is charged with possession, transportation, and sale of marijuana in two transactions, one of which took place at Ramona High School.

McGee was placed on three years probation last year for his role in a major burglary ring in Ramona in which participants were juveniles. McGee pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in that case in which he gave a ride to a teenage burglar.

The fourth person arrested April 30 in the sheriff’s undercover case is a 16-year-old girl who was a student at Ramona High. She is being prosecuted in Juvenile Court and her case is not public record. Twelve others were arrested on drug sales at other high schools.

McGee is free on $20,000 bond while Gaffney is free on his own recognizance.

   
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