Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies arrested two Montana residents suspected of trafficking methamphetamine following a traffic stop Tuesday night in Post Falls.
Shortly after 11 p.m., deputies pulled over a vehicle for driving without its headlights on and failing to use a turn signal near Pleasant View Road and Interstate 90, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
The driver initially gave a fake name, but deputies managed to identify him as Robert P. Chiefstick, 45, of Missoula, the sheriff’s office said. Chiefstick was wanted on a warrant out of Montana. The passenger was identified as Rosalyn M. Redwood, 36, of St. Ignatius, Montana.
Deputies called in a police dog and handler from the Rathdrum Police Department, and when the dog signaled that it smelled drugs, deputies began searching Chiefstick’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. They found about 5 pounds of meth in several bags in the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
Chiefstick and Redwood both face charges of trafficking meth and possessing drug paraphernalia. They remained in the Kootenai County Jail on Thursday in lieu of bonds. Chiefstick also faces charges of being a fugitive, lying to police and possessing Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.
The sheriff’s office said neither suspect had any prior encounters with law enforcement in Kootenai County.
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