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  • Maricopa man to stand trial on drug trafficking charges

  • Joey Kiwook Song has pleaded not guilty. His codefendant skips bail
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  • The Maricopa man arrested on drug trafficking and cultivation charges in August was ordered to stand trial on five felony counts and one misdemeanor charge at a preliminary hearing last week.
    Joey Kiwi Song, 40, has pleaded not guilty to all counts, which include possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana.
    He is also charged with possession of ammunition by a person forbidden to possess firearms or ammunition of possession of paraphernalia.
    Song was arrested on August 27 along with Nancy Adriane Cross, 25, when Kern County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at 405 California Street.
    Deputies said they found 1.5 ounces of methamphetamine in the house and 60 marijuana plants in a garage at the rear of the house.
    Song is free on $40,000 bail.
    Cross was also free on bail but she failed to appear at a pretrial hearing and her bond was forfeited, according to the Kern County Superior Court website.
    Song is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 22.
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