Judge rules suspect in DEA raid must remain in custody

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 6:58 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A woman who was arrested during one of the DEA raids in Spokane on Thursday had a bail hearing Monday afternoon where a judge determined she would remain in custody. 

The Spokane County Regional Drug Task Force and the Los Angeles Police Department partnered with the DEA to assist in raids that ended in several arrests last week.

Twelve people were arrested in Spokane and one of the suspects appeared in court. Mercedes Reeves is accused of living in one of the apartments raided last Thursday.

Federal Prosecutors at the hearing argued Reeves should not be released because she is considered a gang member by the LAPD. Reeves also had firearms in her bedroom as well as $25,000. One of the firearms was loaded.

Reeves' attorney countered the gang affiliation was not true and said there was nothing illegal about owning firearms. He says Reeves is looking for work and is willing to wear an ankle bracelet.

The judge ruled there was not a clear risk of Reeves being a flight risk and could not determine gang ties but did see a community risk and no clear place for her to live. Reeves will remain in custody.

Seven more suspect will be in court through out the day tomorrow. Later in the week, another suspect from western Washington will be transported to Spokane for her arraignment.

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