McGee, five others plead not guilty to selling drugs to undercover deputies

Skylor McGee, 20, of Ramona and five other defendants accused of selling marijuana, heroin and other drugs to undercover sheriff’s deputies posing as students at or near Ramona and two other area high schools pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges, including selling and possession for sale of narcotics.

McGee, Johny Nguyen, 18, Philip Silva, 25, Ramon Kelly, 45, Edwin Sanchez, 19, Skylor McGee, 20, and Erik Johnson, 18, face between four and six years in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Jorge del Portillo.

During a yearlong probe — dubbed Operation A Team — youthful-looking deputies posing as students at Ramona, Abraxas, Mission Hills, and Poway high schools were able to buy narcotics at all but the Abraxas campuses, according to sheriff’s officials. The types of illicit substances purchased included heroin, cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone and hydrocodone.

As a result of the investigation, deputies and agents with the Narcotics Task Force and North County Regional Gang Task Force served 19 arrest warrants on Tuesday ­— nine for current and former students at the four schools, and 10 to adults who allegedly sold drugs to the plainclothes personnel, del Portillo said.

“The goal of the operation was to identify who’s selling what drugs and how available these drugs are to students, and I think the goal was accomplished in that respect,” the prosecutor said outside court.

In addition to disrupting narcotics sales at the campuses, the investigation “provided intelligence on larger drug suppliers in the area,” Sheriff Bill Gore said Tuesday.

“The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and NTF are pursuing these leads and will continue the investigation,’’ he said. “The take-away from today is this — if you want to buy illegal drugs, you very well could be talking to a deputy sheriff.”

In addition to the six adults arraigned Wednesday, seven others will be arraigned at a later date. Two are Ramona residents.

Six minors, including one Ramona girl, will be charged in Juvenile Court.

   
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