Parents of murdered Bullhead City girl arrested on drug charges

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BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- The mother and stepfather of a young girl who was killed last month have been arrested on felony drug charges, according to Bullhead City police.

Authorities began investigating 29-year-old Tania Ann Grogan and her husband, 28-year-old Ralph Pat Leroy Folster III, after receiving a tip in September that the couple was dealing methamphetamine and heroin.

Police and a SWAT team surrounded their Lakeside Drive home around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, Grogan complied with officers and was taken into custody, but Folster refused to come out.

Police said after a two-hour standoff, Folster climbed up into the attic and tried to enter a neighboring home.

Grogan and Folster were arrested on charges of possessing and selling dangerous drugs. Grogan was also arrested on a charge of manufacturing dangerous drugs.

They will be booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

Police are executing a search warrant at the couple's home and the neighboring residence where Folster apparently tried to hide.

Police said additional charges are possible.

Authorities are also investigating Grogan for leaving her children in a dangerous environment. The body of her 8-year-old daughter, Isabella Grogan-Cannella, was found in a shallow grave on Sept. 3.

A 26-year-old family friend, Justin James Rector, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of a body. Police say Grogan may have been supplying Rector with methamphetamine.

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