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DEA: Chillers bar tied to cocaine distribution

From left, James O'Neill, Lecia O'Neill and Christopher McFarland (Courtesy of Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)
From left, James O'Neill, Lecia O'Neill and Christopher McFarland (Courtesy of Kootenai County Sheriff's Department)

For 20 years, federal agents allege, a Coeur d’Alene cocaine dealer went undetected by law enforcement, thanks in part to a tight-knit group of traffickers that included his friends and family. 

But James Roy “Slim” O’Neill’s alleged criminal enterprise imploded Tuesday when he and six other suspects were arrested after a months-long drug investigation involving a Coeur d’Alene bar now targeted in a federal forfeiture. 

O’Neill and his wife, 44-year-old Lecia D. O’Neill, were arrested Tuesday, as were Christopher B. McFarland, 48; Stephen J. McCabe, 51; and Debra L. Margraff, 48, and Gary Votava, 51, all of Coeur d’Alene. All are pictured above, left to right and top to bottom.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.








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