By MATT MILNER
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA — All three of the Ottumwa men accused in a major drug bust have pleaded not guilty.
Brian Rork, Jose Inocencio and Jorge Lugo-Gomez (listed as Jorge Gomez in Iowa’s online court records) face various drug charges after multiple agencies carried out search warrants last week. Rork is charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and being a felon in possession of a firearm, while Inocencio and Lugo-Gomez are charged with conspiracy to deliver more than five grams of methamphetamine and conspiracy to deliver marijunana.
Authorities searched multiple residences and the Tasty Burrito, an Ottumwa restaurant. The searches turned up five pounds of methamphetamine and 61 pounds of marijuana.
The local public defender’s office has declined appointment to represent Lugo-Gomez and Inocencio, citing conflicts of interest.
The case remains in the early stages of the court system.
In other area cases:
• The three defendants accused of stabbing a Fairfield man have asked for separate trials, but the county attorney’s office is encouraging the court to keep the three together.
Dustin Roll, Dawn Dunn and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful injury and robbery in the April case. They are accused of pulling Darren Goodwin into an apartment before robbing and stabbing him.
Severance would allow each of the defendants a separate trial, where juries would judge guilt or innocence individually. A hearing is scheduled for later this month to decide the issue.
• Dimitrious Royal, charged in Van Buren County with attempted murder, will have a hearing this week to determine whether his trial will be held in Keosauqua. He has asked the court for a change of venue.
• Jacob Nordyke’s trial on forgery charges is scheduled to begin Monday, but online court records show a continuance is possible.
• Antoine Mitchell, charged with burglary and domestic abuse, has pleaded guilty. A plea hearing is scheduled for June 30.