Man sentenced from Troy drug raid

Print Article

Jack Wayne Hamilton III sentencing, June 10, 2019. (Paul Sievers/The Western News)

A Lincoln County man was given a three-year suspended sentence in Montana 19th Judicial District Court, June 10, for drug possession.

Judge Matt Cuffe sentenced Jack Wayne Hamilton III to the three-year suspended sentence for the charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony, and ordered Hamilton to pay $500 in restitution.

Hamilton initially pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment February 25. His original charges included an additional count, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, but the court dismissed it after Hamilton pleaded guilty to drug possession.

In accordance with Hamilton’s plea agreement, the court recommended a three-year suspended sentence.

Hamilton’s arrest came as part of a cooperative effort between the Troy Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to stop drug trafficking in Lincoln County. Deputies and officers worked together to execute a search warrant for dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

According to the case affidavit, on Feb. 8 at 9:07 p.m., law enforcement searched a residence at 120 Yaak Avenue in Troy, finding over 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale, a pipe and baggies.

Just before officers entered the house, someone yelled “go!,” according to the report. Officers found Hamilton in the house’s rear bathroom, hiding, with a contact lens case in his pocket containing a methamphetamine-like substance.

When Detective Brandom Holzer, with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, entered the house, he saw two people sitting on a couch getting up to run, Hamilton and Paul Kelso, according to the report. Hamilton was found hiding with Paul Kelso in a rear bathroom.

In total, law enforcement officials arrested five people at the house.

Deputy Brad Dodson, with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, applied for the search warrant where Michelle Lowe and Jeremiah Gardner lived, at 120 Yaak Avenue. The warrants for the residence authorized a search for drugs, paraphernalia, guns “and other evidence for the crimes of possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.”

All five suspects arrested in the Feb. 8 raid were arraigned Monday, Feb. 25 in Montana 19th Judicial District Court on felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additional reporting by Benjamin Kibbey

Print Article

Read More Front Page Slider

Libby Volunteer firefighters earn Firefighter 1 certification

August 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm | Daily Inter Lake Six Libby Volunteer Fire Department firefighters recently earned their Firefighter 1 certification. For firefighters who undergo the arduous process and then earn it, it’s very meaningful, according...

Comments

Read More

Libby native returns to coach at Montana State

August 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm | Daily Inter Lake Libby native John Sauer has come home to Montana. According to information from Montana State University, Sauer has hit the ground running in Bozeman and brings impressive credentials to the Montana...

Comments

Read More

Libby boys’ fundraiser supports Wings Cancer Center

August 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake Ten-year-old Hunter Rooney truly knows how to inspire others. The Libby boy who raised nearly $1,400 in a yard-sale fundraiser in 2018, worked with his family and friends to more than triple the amo...

Comments

Read More

Idaho woman with Libby connection charged with murder

August 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake A two-year-old road rage incident in Libby has been linked to a murder in Idaho. Judith Marie Carpenter, 57, of Coeur d’Alene, was arrested early on the morning of Friday, Aug. 2, and charged with t...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 293-4124
311 California Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

©2019 The Western News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X