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Nail salon crack cocaine suspect indicted

A man accused of selling crack cocaine out of a Spokane nail salon has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Paul Lamar Rios, 30, was one of several people arrested Thursday during a widespread drug and gun investigation by the Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Task Force.

Rios and his girlfriend,  Krista L. Isaacs, 34, were arrested during a SWAT team raid at 8210 N. Lucia Ct. on Oct. 21.

Police seized about four ounces of crack cocaine from a safe in the home. They searched Isaac's nail salon, Luscious Nails and Beyond, 1721 Northwest Boulevard, the same day.

Police were authorized to search the nail shop and the home after a confidential informant used a “unwitting individual” to buy crack cocaine from Paul Rios thrice in September and once from Isaacs at the nail shop on Oct. 14.

“The unwitting source told the informant that Rios was cautious and only deals with five other people,” according to court documents.

Detectives seized the couple's cellphones to review for evidence of drug sales. No charges have been filed against Isaacs.

Rios in the Spokane County Jail on a federal hold after pleading not guilty Thursday to three counts of distribution of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine.

A grand jury indicted Rios on Dec. 20, but authorities waited nearly a month to arrest him as part of a coordinated day of arrests called “Operation Old School.

Phones probed in nail salon drug case

Spokane police are reviewing cell phone records to build a case against a couple suspected of selling crack cocaine out of a nail salon.

Paul Lamar Rios, 29, and Krista L. Isaacs, 34, were arrested during a SWAT team raid at 8210 N. Lucia Court on Oct. 21.

Isaac's nail salon, Luscious Nails and Beyond, 1721 Northwest Boulevard, was searched the same morning. Police seized about four ounces of crack cocaine from a safe in the Lucia Court home.

Police were authorized the search the nail shop and the home after a confidential informant used a “unwitting individual” to buy crack cocaine from Paul Rios thrice in September and once from Isaacs at the nail shop on Oct. 14.

“The unwitting source told the informant that Rios was cautious and only deals with five other people,” according to court documents.

Police filed a search warrant Tuesday that authorized them to search Rios and Isaacs' cell phone records for phone logs, photos and text messages related to crack cocaine sales in Spokane.

Rios and Isaacs are out of jail on $5,000 bond each. Prosecutors have not filed charges.

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