Counter Surveillance Measures Fail Accused Orange County Drug Dealer

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Whether or not Noe Israel Covarrubias of Foothill Ranch knew undercover police officers had placed him under surveillance in 2013 isn't clear, but the convicted felon behaved suspiciously.

Covarrubias often left his apartment, jumped into his Honda or on a motorcycle, drove below speed limits, frequently pulled over to curbs, made numerous U-turns and took bizarre routes in what cops believed were counter-surveillance efforts to shake potential law enforcement tails.

But the Southern California detectives--members of a federal narcotics task force--eventually had no trouble following Covarrubias to his secret treasure trove: a Lake Forest storage facility leased under another man's name.

According to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report reviewed by OC Weekly, the previously convicted drug dealer possessed 27,000 Oxycontin pills, two pounds of methamphetamine, 34 firearms (including multiple AK-47-style machine guns), thousands of rounds of ammunition as well as military rockets.

This month, authorities arrested Covarrubias--who was born in 1982--and charged him on drug and weapon counts.

(At the time he was taken into custody, the defendant gave a false name, according to court records.)

During a Dec. 3 hearing inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, the defendant, who is using a public defender as his legal representative, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas F. McCormick that he's not guilty.

McCormick approved the government's request that Covarrubias be held in custody without the possibility of bail and ordered a Feb. 10 arraignment hearing.

If convicted, he faces more than a decade in prison.

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Thomas Barnes
Thomas Barnes

if convicted, he faces more than a decade in prison...10 years, of which he'll serve 3 or 4, for having wholesale death for sale to anyone with a jones or a beef. although I hold out hope for our country, 'Judge Dredd' sounds like where we need to be with our criminal justice system. That guy needs a .15 cent .22 in the back of the head, a 6-foot hole in the ground and a marker that simply says 'drug dealer'.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

I see Rush's picture, but nothing in the story about this being related to Rush (other than Rush had an oxycontin abuse problem).  So can we expect a picture of Ted Kennedy next time someone is killed by a drunk driver?  I'm not holding my breath.

Mike Frenes
Mike Frenes

So Rush Limbaugh is a drug dealer in the OC? That's news to me.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

The OCWeekly is on "Moxleycontin", putting a RL pic in place of the real story perp...

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers

Rush is a hillbilly heroin addict, Stacy--he earned it.

Stacy Mohler
Stacy Mohler

Okay HELLOOOO OC Weekly you really need to audit your stories and the way they post on here!!!?? Posting a pic of Rush Limbaugh with this story next to his picture? Not cool....

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Ah, yes. The Oxy connection.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

So the guy is Rush Limbaugh, as pictured?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I wonder how this guy figured driving like a tweaker would make authorities LESS suspicious of his activities? He must have been sampling his wares...

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@gregbpc My recommendation for you, "gregbpc," is to exhale, breathe deeply and try your best to chill. After all, before we work back to July 1969, we first have to mention Betty Ford, Mark Foley, Dana Rohrabacher and Larry Craig. You know? 

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Maybe, but a rich hillbilly.  I think he has probably overcome his problem.  Johnny Cash was addicted to pain pills, too. I guess he was just a heroin addict, hillbilly, too.  I know this rag leans heavily left, but come on. This is an old story about Rush, get over it.  

SickSnail
SickSnail

@FishWithoutBicycle Pretty sure he was just trying to confirm/lose a tail.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@rscottmoxley @gregbpc I would say a picture of Kennedy in a story about a drunk driver killing someone, since that is what he did.  Rush may have had a problem, but as far as I know, he wasn't dealing or running drugs.  I would think a majority of readers of this mag would be sympathetic to Rush's problems, seeing how probably at least half who read use some sort of drugs.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@rscottmoxley Go ahead, just shows what an angry, stupid, little "progressive" you are.

I'm sure you're probably addicted to pot and booze, right? ;)  Make all the idiotic comparisons you like, it just continues to show the hate-filled left press for what it is. Probably time for another bong rip, huh?  Light it up, missy.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@gregbpc  No, I'm pretty sure I may use a Rush Limbaugh photo every single time I write about Oxycontin cases for the next couple of years--if for no other reason than it pisses off laughably uptight people like yourself.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@rscottmoxley @gregbpc You are dense (typical lib). I acknowledged Rush had a drug problem.  He DID NOT run drugs and deal.  THAT's the point.  No wonder Obama, etc. are able to pull the wool over your eyes.  I bet health insurance is "free" too, right?  lol  smh

Kennedy= drunk driver, killed someone.  Put his picture up when a drunk driver kills someone.

Rush=drug problem.  Put his picture up when doing a story about a drug addict.  NOT a story about a drug dealing, gun-running, drug addict.  Get it?  (Probably not).

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@rscottmoxley @gregbpc You're missing the point (big surprise). Kennedy DID kill someone while driving drunk.  Rush had a drug problem, he was not dealing & drug running.  Yours is an apples and oranges comparison. Try to follow along.  I'm not saying they SHOULD put a picture of Kennedy every time a drunk driver kills someone; just as they should not put a picture of Rush in a story about a drug abuser (This article isn't even a close comparison to the Kennedy example, because Rush was not dealing and gun-running. Get it?)

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@gregbpc@rscottmoxleySo wouldn't you logically also excuse Teddy Kennedy because he too wasn't, as you assert in your Rush Limbaugh defense, "dealing or running" illegal booze?

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