MOSES LAKE - A recorded phone call made from the Spokane County Jail by a man injured in the July federal drug raid near Moses Lake led to his sister’s arrest last week.
Prosecutors have charged Jona R. Zeigler, 48, with possession of heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver, delivery of heroin and possession of a controlled substance following her Aug. 6 arrest.
Detectives with the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team were contacted by the ATF on Aug. 6 and were made aware of a jail phone call made by Patrick Pearson to Zeigler, his sister, according to court records.
Pearson is one of more than a dozen indicted on federal charges in connection to a July 16 raid. Pearson allegedly shot himself during the raid in which two federal agents were also injured.
According to court records, Pearson had been released from Sacred Heart Medical Center and booked into Spokane County Jail on a federal arrest warrant. Investigators say Aug. 6 was the first day Pearson began making phone calls from jail.
During the recorded call, Pearson is reportedly talking with Zeigler, as she’s driving on Mae Valley Road, about who “ratted him out,” according to court records. Zeigler allegedly arrives at a property on Road E.5 Northeast, the same property raided last month. Zeigler is directed to enter a shop and go to the back side of a camper and lift up a piece of wood by a washer and dryer.
“Pearsons asked her if there was a box inside there and she said there was,” investigators stated. “Pearson immediately said ‘get it out and go to your house’…Pearson then calls her by her name ‘Jona.’ He said ‘you need to go home and be careful Jona, don’t let anybody (expletive) rip you off.’”
Pearson reportedly continued to tell Zeigler to bury the box and the items in the box “are worth its weight in gold and she had more than anyone on the streets has right now,” investigators stated.
Detectives received a search warrant for Zeigler’s home on Road 4 Northeast, where she was taken into custody. Zeigler reportedly admitted to receiving the phone call from Pearson and talked about grabbing a box from behind the washer and dryer.
“Jona further stated she then took it to the kitchen where she broke it into pieces. Jona further said she used her scale to weigh out the pieces, placed the pieces in their bags and wrote the weights of them on bags,” investigators stated.
Zeigler allegedly gave a piece to her ex-husband, placed two pieces on a shelf and the rest in her purse. The pieces, determined to be heroin, were recovered and weighed more than 15 ounces, a street value of about $42,700, according to court records.
Investigators also served a warrant at the Road E.5 property and located an empty blue Rubbermaid container that appeared to have been buried in the ground.