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Pair pleads guilty
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Sentences were handed down against a Falcon Drive pair accused of operating a drug operation out of their home.
One defendant, Kevin Babb, 54, entered guilty pleas to charges of possession of marijuana and evading arrest and was given an 11-month, 29-day sentence and assessed a $1,242 fine. The other defendant, Lakwa Ali Babb, had drug trafficking charges dismissed but was ordered to serve 60 days for violation of probation.
Police arrived at the home after being told someone was dealing drugs there and might be armed. Officers surrounded the house and saw Kevin Babb run to three windows, apparently looking for an avenue of escape. Unable to get out, he tried to go up.
“He was caught as he tried to go in the attic,” said McMinnville policeman Justin Colwell.
Police hit pay dirt once they started searching the residence, finding a cache of drugs in the bathroom.
“In the tank area (of the commode) we found over 50 baggies of marijuana,” Colwell said, noting the discovery indicated someone was planning to sell the drugs on the street.
Officers went to Kevin Babb’s bedroom and found a safe that contained 14 more bags of marijuana along with three more bags of dope that were recovered from under a mattress.
In the case of Lakwa Babb, officers found $2,155 cash on his person. He has agreed to forfeit the cash as part of his plea agreement.