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Marijuana Bust Leads to Meth

It’s a common enough scenario, someone caught with one abusable substance turns out to be involved with others. And that was the case earlier this month when police arrested two in Hailey after a traffic stop. Lilia Carrillo-Duenas and Juan Sanches were found with a small amount of marijuana in the car, along with drug using paraphernalia.

The traffic stop then lead to a search of Carrillo-Duenas’ (the car owner) domicile. That’s where methamphetamine was found, along with materials needed to package and sell it. This resulted in a felony charge of drug trafficking against the woman, who was jailed in Blaine County.

Idaho is in an interesting position. Our state borders Washington, where marijuana is legal and to our south east, Colorado also lets residents use the drug without penalty. However, in our state, marijuana is still cause for arrest. In this case, that fact led to a further investigation and an even more dangerous drug, methamphetamine, was taken off the streets. The total value of the drugs seized was $4,500.

The situation is likely to get worse as those interested in drugs can travel to neighboring states to pick them up. And there’s no requirement that customers in these permissive states are actually state residents. Proof of age is all that’s required, and Washington or Colorado will be happy to sell weed to Idaho residents.

In a related story out of Hailey from the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, a teen at Wood River High, had his car searched because the student smelled like marijuana. The search unearthed three backpacks with weed in them. The packaged marijuana was valued at $300, and the student had $400 in cash on him. He was arrested for possession with intent, along with two other students, one as young as 15-years-old.

Imagine that, a drug arrest on your record at 15. Terrible.


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