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Three arraigned for Homer drug bust

Posted: July 9, 2013 - 8:58pm  |  Updated: July 9, 2013 - 9:05pm

Three of four codefendants were arraigned in Superior Court Tuesday at the Kenai Courthouse on charges from a Homer drug bust.

Regina Johnson, 30, of Anchorage and Jeremy Watson, 33, and Cora Moonin, 24, both of Homer, entered pleas of not guilty to all charges.

Michael Delpriore, 32, of Anchorage is being held in Anchorage Jail on a pending petition to revoke probation. He was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday on the Homer case drug charges, but telephonically asked for his arraignment to be rescheduled so he could attend the hearing in person. He is set to be arraigned in Kenai on July 12.

There are a total of 12 charges — all second, third and fourth degree controlled substance misconduct charges expect for one second-degree weapons misconduct charge against Moonin and Watson.

According to the charging documents filed by the Homer Police Department, on May 27, the Homer Police received a report that Delpriore was coming to Homer to sell drugs. It was discovered that Delpriore was on parole for controlled substance misconduct, weapons misconduct and attempted weapons misconduct charges. His parole officer requested Homer Police to arrest Delpriore if they contacted him because he didn’t have permission to travel outside the Anchorage or the Matanuska Valley area.

The police further discovered that Delpriore was staying at a condominium in Homer and was with Johnson. The two were arrested on May 29 after the police learned Delpriore rented a Ford Fusion and pulled them over when the car left the condominium.

Officers allegedly found more than $4,000 on Delpriore and $270 on Johnson. One gram of cocaine was found on Delpriore. After securing a search warrant for Johnson’s purse, Sgt. Lary Kuhns allegedly discovered 0.7 grams of heroin and 3.2 grams of methamphetamine.

Johnson informed officers that she and Delpriore had gone to Watson’s house to sell him $4,500 worth of heroin. Police obtained a warrant and searched Watson’s house on May 29, where he lived with Moonin and two other people.

Watson allegedly denied buying drugs from Delpriore, and told police he smoked heroin that morning. While searching Watson’s bedroom closet, Sgt. Ryan Browning discovered a loaded .22 long rifle pistol, 1.4 grams of brown heroin, 0.5 grams of cocaine, empty sandwich and dime bags and a digital scale.

Also in Watson’s bedroom, officers found 1.9 grams of marijuana and numerous loose pills including hydrocodone and oxymorphone.

In the living room, officers found 1.3 grams of methamphetamine.

Watson was arrested. Moonin was arrested later that same day. She allegedly told Browning Watson gives her heroin every other day, and he gave her the pills officers found that morning. Moonin allegedly told officers she did not have a prescription for the pills.

The next scheduled court date for Johnson, Watson and Moonin is Aug. 8. They are being held at Wildwood Correctional Complex.

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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