SJ siblings get combined three months in jail for 'attempted' illicit drug buy

Busted in late October while trying to make a large-scale buy of prescription painkillers, two San Juan Island siblings will together serve a total of three months in jail after pleading guilty to a pair of felony drug offenses.

On Jan. 13, Chelsea Sue Rogers, 22, and Jesse Brett Rogers, 24, each pleaded guilty in San Juan Superior Court to one count of solicitation to possess a controlled substance — Oxycodone — with intent to deliver, a Class C felony. Both were initially charged with one count each of attempting to obtain a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, following their arrest in late October. Jesse Rogers also pleaded guilty to possession of a dangerous weapon, a gross misdemeanor.

According to court documents, prosecutors identified Chelsea Rogers as the "mastermind" of an illicit deal in which she sought to buy 1,000 tablets of Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, from a supposed drug dealer for $14,000. That supposed drug dealer was an undercover DEA agent and set up a transaction that ended in an Oct. 24 arrest of the two siblings near the ferry landing in Friday Harbor.

On Feb. 17, she was ordered to serve nine months in custody, two of which will be served in jail, three on electronic home monitoring and one of community restitution. The remainder of the sentence will be determined at a March 9 hearing.

As part of a plea deal, Chelsea Rogers also agreed to forfeit the $14,000 she was carrying at the time of her arrest, as well as the vehicle, a Lexus, that she was driving at the time of the arrest.

Jesse Rogers, who, as a first-time offender qualified for sentencing below state standards, was order to serve 30 days in jail, 30 days on home-electronic monitoring and 30 days of community restitution. He was also ordered to pay $1,950 in fines and fees.

A Class C felony, solicitation to possess a controlled substance carries maximum penalties of five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state is 9-15 months in jail.

— Scott Rasmussen



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