Aide to San Bernardino County Supervisor Arrested in Alleged Jail Smuggling Case

A field representative for San Bernardino’s 3rd District County Supervisor James Ramos has been arrested on charges of smuggling narcotics to an inmate at Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center.

The Sheriff’s Department said Michael Lipsitz, 53, was caught Wednesday, while visiting 25-year-old inmate Jonathan Rhodes. He was arrested and transported to the West Valley Detention Center where he was booked on suspicion of bringing a controlled substance into a jail facility. He was released the next day after posting $25,000 bail.

The aide was immediately fired by Supervisor Ramos after his arrest.

“He has a zero-tolerance policy for that type of behavior, and he acted swiftly to terminate the contract of an at-will employee,” said Ramos’ deputy chief of staff, Molly Wiltshire.

Lipsitz had worked for Ramos for under two years. As part of his duties, he dealt with issues related to desert land use and renewable energy in the Morongo and Johnson valleys. He had also previously served as president of the Morongo Basin Democratic Club.

Lipsitz has vehemently denied the allegations against him.

Read more about the aide’s arrest here.



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