County Supervisor Chairman
James Ramos'
Field Representative
Arrested On Smuggling Drugs

Supervisor James Ramos


Posted February 5, 2015

DATE/TIME:  Thursday, February 5, 2015.

INCIDENT:  PC 4573 - Bringing a Controlled Substance into a Jail facility.

LOCATION:  Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center, Devore.

SUSPECT:  Michael Stephen Lipsitz, 53, Landers / Joshua Jonathan Rhodes, 25 (Inmate at Glen Helen).


    Recently, deputies at the Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center received information that narcotics were being brought into the facility.  Deputies began an investigation and found that Michael Lipsitz was a frequent visitor of Joshua Rhodes and identified Lipsitz as the person responsible for bringing narcotics to inmate Rhodes at the fire camp.  On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at approximately 7:00 P.M., Michael Lipsitz arrived for a scheduled visit with Rhodes at the fire camp.  Within minutes, deputies interrupted the visit as Lipsitz provided the narcotics to Rhodes.

    Michael Lipsitz is a Field Representative for Third District Supervisor James Ramos.

    Lipsitz was arrested and transported to West Valley Detention Center.  He was booked for Bringing a Controlled Substance into a Jail Facility with bail set at $25,000.  He posted a bail bond and was released from custody on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 6:05 A.M.

    Sheriff John McMahon said, "When I learned of this disappointing news, I contacted Supervisor James Ramos and notified him of the investigation and arrest of one of his employees.  Supervisor Ramos immediately terminated Lipsitz' employment with the county."

    Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Lt. Frank Montanez at (909)473-2502.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer: Public Affairs

Phone No. (909)387-3700

Credit: Report provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

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