Five people arrested on Gish Road following drug investigation

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Scott E. Ridgley, left, is represented by defense attorney Kevin Nelson during a bail hearing in Lewis County Superior Court.

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – After twice sending a police informant to buy drugs from an Onalaska man, local drug detectives served search warrants at his home, arresting him and four others and seizing methamphetamine, heroin, psilocybin mushrooms, more than a pound of marijuana and at least $6,900 cash.

Scott E. Ridgley, 56, was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with multiple felonies, including unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

It was just over a year ago members of the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted a similar operation with similar results at Ridgley’s property on the 500 block of Gish Road, although that day they confiscated about $20,000, according to authorities. He was out on bail pending trial in that case.

On Tuesday, JNET was accompanied by at least one member of the U.S. Marshals Service and arrested Ridgley along with his 39-year-old son Larry E. Ridgley who was wanted on a felony drug warrant.

Also arrested was a roommate Stephen D. Cobb, 45, who was charged yesterday with possession of meth and heroin.

Not booked into jail but referred for charges were David E. McAbee, 29, of Onalaska, possession of meth and Tracy A. Dona, 43, Onalaska, possession of meth and destruction of evidence, according to a press release from JNET forwarded by the Centralia Police Department.

Judge Andrew Toynbee set Scott Ridgley’s bail at $50,000 yesterday afternoon.

Charging documents state a confidential informant contacted one of the detectives between March 1 and Tuesday about being able to purchase meth from the senior Ridgley, and did so twice during the same period.

Once at the property, detectives found a black case near Scott Ridgley in a shop building, containing about two and a half ounces of methamphetamine, a digital scale and the cash, according to charging documents.

They found pipes with residue, a rifle with a missing stock and a 22 caliber pistol, the documents relate.

Scott Ridgley was charged with two counts of delivery of meth, one count of possession of meth with intent to deliver, possession of meth, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes.

He has prior convictions from 2012 for delivery of a controlled substance.

For background, read “Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – LOTS OF DRUGS” from Tuesday May 3, 2016, here

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5 Responses to “Five people arrested on Gish Road following drug investigation”

  1. Peabody Slim says:

    People the Fluoride in your drinking water is a drug and is killing you and your children. Look up the facts, go to Fluoride Alert .Org and see for yourself. Fluoride is a deadly Neurotoxin that is harming your body a little at a time. Public disclose the Fluoride information ask for pictures of the bags you will see for yourself the bags have Skull and Bones on them and this is what’s being dumped in the water supply. All of this is being done without your consent.

  2. Counting Chromosomes says:

    The war on drugs is a war on American citizens. As long as we are fighting a war on American citizens that bears fruit that the war on drugs has, I am thinking we should also have a war on education, a war on jobs, and a war on common sense.

  3. Dave Allen says:

    Hopefully law enforcement will arrest the governor of this state for his breaking of federal law and not allowing out law enforcement to do their job. Politicians cause more damage to people than drugs do. Drugs for the most part are used by choice. But politicians destroy us by their own will to rule, control and the money they can attain

  4. Peabody Slim says:

    Atleast the drugs he’s selling are consumed by free choice, yet large citys including the City of Centralia add the Deadly Neurotoxin Fluoride to the public water supply without notifying nor prescribing the drug to each person in the community. Fluoride was only used as rat poison in the 1900’s. Fluoride attacks and calcifys the pineal gland in your brain, causes artery disease, which is the leading cause of death in the US. Fluoride was used in large amounts by the Germans to make detainees docile

  5. annoyed says:

    These perpetrators are wasting our tax dollars time and time again! I am personally sick of repeat offenders making the news all the time. Lock them up for an extended period of time in the prison in AZ in a hot blazing tent and make them work.

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