San Juan Island woman faces new round of drug charges

A San Juan Island woman accused of selling cocaine and marijuana while out on bail in late October on an alleged drug trafficking offense was arrested May 2 by detectives of San Juan County Sheriff's department.

According to Undersheriff Jon Zerby, Chelsea Sue Rogers, 25, who pleaded guilty to attempted drug trafficking in February, was serving part of a nine-month sentence handed down for that felony offense at the time of the May 2 arrest.

Zerby said that the incidents in which Rogers is accused of selling cocaine and marijuana date back to the period of time when she was awaiting trial on the felony drug offense. He said she was taken into custody last week after detectives wrapped up an investigation into the recent drug case.

Authorities claim that Rogers sold small quantities of marijuana and cocaine multiple times while she was out on bail on the pending drug trafficking offense. She is slated to be in court Friday for a preliminary hearing, and has been in Island County jail, held without bail, since her arrest.

In February, Rogers was ordered to serve nine months in custody, with a minimum of two in jail, after pleading guilty to attempting to purchase 1,000 tablets of Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, from a supposed drug dealer who in reality was DEA informant working undercover to set up the transaction. Her brother, 24-year-old Jesse Rogers, was also arrested and charged as an accomplice in the drug trafficking case, and pleaded guilty as well.

— Scott Rasmussen



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