The end of July was a bitch for Orange County's Brian Todd Ruorock.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Ruorock on July 29 and he posted bail later that same day only to enjoy freedom for two days.
On July 31, a federal grand jury indicted the 36-year-old construction worker who goes by the nickname “Sporty;” federal agents then arrested him for allegedly trying to sell 80.5 grams of methamphetamine in Orange and San Bernardino counties.
August didn't began well for Sporty, either.
At an Aug. 1 arraignment inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato granted a request by prosecutor Amanda N. Liskamm to deny this defendant bail because he's dangerous and a flight risk, according to court records.
Ruorock, a 1995 graduate of Edison High School in Huntington Beach, pleaded not guilty and won the taxpayer-funded aid of a public defender.
A Sept. 24 jury trial was tentatively scheduled in U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford's courtroom.
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