Four Gallatin Valley residents were arrested and charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs at a Bozeman home, where authorities had gone to serve an arrest warrant on May 29.

According to court documents, two Bozeman Police officers and members of the Missouri River Drug Task Force arrived at the home to serve the warrant on a 40-year-old Bozeman man, who lived at the address and was standing outside the house with a woman. A man from Manhattan, who was inside the house with a man from Belgrade, invited the officers inside. Officers immediately noticed two marijuana pipes, a jar of marijuana, and a pipe with with white residue that later test positive for methamphetamine in the main living area.

Police arrested the 34-year-old Manhattan man, and found he was carrying an opioid for which he didn’t have a prescription. The 21-year-old Belgrade man also was arrested.

During a more thorough search of the premises, officers found several more items of methamphetamine paraphernalia and a baggie containing methamphetamine. The Bozeman man was served with the arrest warrant, and he and a Bozeman woman also were charged with criminal possession.


A crash at the intersection of East Valley Center Road and Jackrabbit Lane on May 29 resulted in three felony charges against a 25-year-old Bozeman man who admitted he had been smoking marijuana before leaving for work that morning.

Court documents state that the man was turning left onto Jackrabbit from East Valley Center at about 8 a.m. when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. A Montana Highway Patrol trooper, who came upon the scene, noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the man, and heard him telling the other driver about smoking marijuana and that he worked in a medical marijuana dispensary.

According to the trooper’s report, the man appeared to be impaired and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. While the trooper was filling out paperwork, a second trooper noticed the man bending down and attempting to bury something in the dirt alongside the road.

The officers found a small, white pill buried where the man had been crouched, then found two more pills in a cigarette carton that the man was carrying. The man told them that they were morphine pills and he didn’t have a prescription for them, so he had tried to hide them.

Troopers also found several small containers of marijuana, a marijuana pipe, and a “large wad of cash” in denominations typically exchanged in drug transactions, the report states.

The man was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to be evaluated by a drug recognition expert. There, the man admitted that he had taken several deep lung hits off a bong about 20 to 30 minutes before leaving for work, and the expert determined that the man was impaired.

The man was jailed at the Gallatin County Detention Center and charged with driving under the influence of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and tampering with or fabricating evidence.


Two young people who decided it was safer to take a late-night walk on a desolate road rather than to ride in a car driven by their inebriated mother ended up tipping off the Sheriff’s deputy who arrested the 47-year-old woman for driving under the influence last Friday night.

According to court documents, the deputy was patrolling Trident Road near the boat launch at about 11:20 p.m. on May 31, when he noticed a girl and a boy, both juveniles, walking on the road toward Three Forks. Because there are no houses in the area and it is unusual for someone to be walking on the road after dark, he stopped and asked them if everything was OK.

The boy said he had been driving his mother and sister home from the bar, because his mother was drunk. He stated that the mother told him he was a bad driver, and ordered him to pull over and let her drive. Both youths told the officer that they were afraid to ride with her, so they got out of the truck. Their mother drove off, and they began walking toward Three Forks to find someplace to stay.

As the deputy and the young people were talking, a truck approached and stopped next to the patrol vehicle. The woman driver began yelling obscenities at the children through her open window and ordering them into the truck. Records state that the officer immediately noticed that the woman’s eyes were bloodshot, and there was a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the truck.

The woman agreed to perform field sobriety tests, but quit partway through. She also refused to provide a breath sample on scene, and again at the Gallatin County Detention Center, where was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and held on $685 bond.


A Belgrade man was charged with his fourth DUI, a felony, last Thursday night after being stopped on the Frontage Road near Belgrade for not having a license plate on the front of his truck.

Colten Parker Sales of Belgrade, was traveling westbound on the Frontage Road near Jackrabbit Lane when Belgrade Police Officer Jesse Stovall pulled him over at about 10:30 p.m on May 30. According to Stovall’s report, Sales got out of his pickup and started walking back toward the patrol car before Stovall approached him. Sales immediately lit a cigarette, in what Stovall believed was an attempt to mask the odor of alcohol on his breath.

Despite that, Stovall noticed that Sales’ speech was slurred, that he smelled of alcohol, that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that he had a dazed expression on his face. Upon running Sales’ license with dispatchers, Stovall learned that the license had been revoked because Sales is a habitual offender, there was an active warrant for his arrest, and he was on misdemeanor probation.

Sales agreed to perform field sobriety tests, and the results indicated he was inebriated, according to court documents. He refused to provide a breath sample, but a blood sample was taken at Bozeman Deaconess after a search warrant was obtained by telephone.

Sales was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center on the DUI charge and probation violation. A $10,000 bond was issued for the arrest warrant.


A man who frightened two youths in a vehicle next to the one in which he was riding in Belgrade was charged with assault with a weapon and booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center last Friday night, according to court records.

The incident occurred on Airway Boulevard near the I-90 interchange. The youth told a Belgrade Police officer that man with dark hair who appeared to be in his early 20s was riding in a pickup that pulled up next to their silver car in the left lane, then brandished what looked like a black, semi-automatic pistol and started waving it around. They said the car then got onto the interstate and headed east toward Bozeman.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a black Toyota Tacoma, which matched the description given by the youths, in the vicinity of North 19th Avenue and Baxter Lane in Bozeman. All three occupants of the truck were interviewed separately at the scene.

The Belgrade officer who had interviewed the victims first spoke with the driver, who told him that they had encountered “punks” driving a silver car, and that his passenger had pounded on his window and yelled at them, but had not shown them a gun. The driver told the officer that he had a black BB pistol under the driver’s seat, but said he hadn’t removed it during the Belgrade altercation. He then gave the officer permission to search his vehicle.

During the search, two BB pistols were found under front seats of the truck – one on the driver’s side, and the other on the passenger side. Court documents state that both guns were lifelike replicas of actual firearms, and that it would take a close inspection to determine that they were BB guns.

A female passenger, who was riding in the back seat, also was interviewed, but said she had not seen anything happen.

The front-seat passenger, who matched the description given by the victims and is from Hermiston, Ore., was taken to the Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, where he admitted that he had brandished the pistol at the occupants of the silver car in an attempt to scare them. He was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center, charged, and held without bond.


A Billings man on his way to visit a friend in Three Forks was arrested in the smaller town Monday night and charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

According to court records, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the 47-year-old man’s car on East Fir Street at Third Avenue East in Three Forks at about 11:30 p.m., because she noticed that his rear license plate wasn’t illuminated as required by law. When she started talking to the driver, he told her that he did not have insurance, and he appeared to be very nervous.

After learning that the man had a prior conviction for driving without insurance, the deputy noticed some discrepancies in his story, according to court records. After a male deputy arrived to perform a pat-down search on the driver, the driver pulled two pipes out of his pocket and told the officers that the residue inside them was methamphetamine.

The man was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where he was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and held without bond.


A 28-year-old transient whose car was stopped for having a broken taillight cover was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Belgrade Sunday night.

Court records state that a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a “glaring white light” coming from the rear of the driver’s Honda Accord, in violation of state law. After pulling the driver over near the Town Pump on Business Hub Drive, the deputy noticed that the driver had watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He at first admitted to having consumed “a couple” of drinks, but then stated he’d had “too much” after he couldn’t satisfactorily perform field sobriety tests.

A breath sample taken at the scene registered the driver’s blood alcohol content as .256. Later, after he was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, the man provided a second blood sample that registered .157.

The man was charged with DUI and held on $685 bond.


A Three Forks man was arrested Friday night in Belgrade for driving with a suspended license after a Sheriff’s deputy noticed his car had a burned out headlight.

According to court documents, the deputy noticed the car’s headlight problem at the Flying J on Amsterdam Road at about 11:20 on May 31. When he stopped the car, the driver gave his name, but told the deputy that he did not have a driver’s license.

The deputy checked with dispatchers, who said the man’s license had been suspended. The driver was booked into the Gallatin County Detention Center and held on $285 bond.


A Nevada woman, who called attention to herself while searching for her cell phone at the Town Pump on Norris Road on June 3, ended up in jail after being charged with driving under the influence and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol noticed the 32-year-old woman throw an armful of garbage onto the pavement in front of the casino entrance, shortly after 1 a.m. She then got into her car, drove aggressively through the parking lot, and stopped in an area reserved for moving traffic before turning off the car lights.

When the deputy approached the driver, he noticed that she had red, watery eyes, smelled of alcohol, and appeared to be confused. The woman told the deputy she was looking for her cell phone, and she proceeded to move objects around the car while she searched. During that process, she happened to uncover a marijuana pipe, then hurriedly tried to conceal it with her car key. The deputy asked if she had a medical marijuana card, and she said she didn’t, but admitted that the pipe was hers.

The woman then shut her car door and reached for the gear shift, at which point the deputy removed her from the vehicle and asked her to perform field sobriety tests, which she did not do well. She provided a breath sample, which registered .163 blood alcohol content.

At the woman’s request, a second deputy got into her car to move it, and uncovered the marijuana pipe when he picked up the ignition key. He seized it as evidence.

The woman was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, where a second breath test measured her blood alcohol level at .143. She was charged and held on $1,270 bond.


An 18-year-old Manhattan woman who said she had a right to be on property where she was unwanted because it “belonged to God” was jailed Monday night and charged with criminal trespass, stalking, and obstructing a peace officer.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint at a residence in the 80000 block of Gallatin Road at about 9:30 p.m., after receiving a report about a woman on the property who refused to leave. Upon confronting the woman, she refused to identify herself and told officers she had a right to be there because the premises belonged to God, according to court documents.

The man who called in the complaint said he and the woman had been in an intimate relationship two years ago. Since their relationship ended, he said, she has shown up periodically at his various residences, made numerous social media requests, and sent texts saying the two of them belonged together to the man’s current girlfriend. The man also told deputies that the woman had found him at the Gallatin Valley Mall two weeks earlier, and blocked his car with her own to prevent him from driving away.

The man told officers the woman’s name, and said her conduct has caused him considerable distress. He said he has asked her repeatedly to stop bothering him, but the behavior has continued.

The woman was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center and held on $1,520 bond.


A Willow Creek man who admitted he had been drinking but was “forced” to leave his house because of a toothache was arrested for driving under the influence in Three Forks Monday evening.

According to court documents, authorities received a complaint from a caller around 6 p.m. about a drunk driver on Airport Road near Three Forks. The caller said he was driving behind a white, beat-up truck, and had watched it go off the road and nearly crash into a ditch, then swerve across the center line and nearly crash head on into two other vehicles. The caller said he recognized the driver, and gave authorities the man’s name.

Two Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputies who had been looking for the truck were parked near Main Street in Three Forks when they noticed the truck pass by. Upon calling dispatchers, they learned that the truck was registered to the man the caller had identified, and that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Deputies stopped the truck, and the man who the caller identified was sitting in the passenger seat. Officers noticed that he appeared to be intoxicated. The truck was being driven by the man’s son, who told them his father had just picked him up from work at Wheat Montana, and that he had chosen to drive home to Willow Creek because he believed that his father was impaired.

Court documents state that the man told deputies he had been drinking, but had to leave the house because of a toothache. He said he had driven into town, but denied having been on Airport Road. He told deputies numerous times, “I’m drunk.”

The man provided a breath sample measuring his blood alcohol contest as .208. After he was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center, he took a second test that measured .197.

The man was charged with driving under the influence, second offense, and served with his arrest warrant. He was held at the jail on $2,785 bond.


A 43-year-old Bozeman man was jailed Tuesday for violating a court order demanding that he stay away from his wife, who lives on West Front Street in Three Forks.

The woman’s roommate, who works with the man, told a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy that the man had been driving past the home she shares with his wife every day on his way to work so that he could see who was there. The order of protection states that the man must stay 300 feet away from the woman, but that West Front Street lies within 300 feet of the wife’s residence.

According to court documents, the roommate said the man had been informed the day before that his wife had possibly started a new relationship with another man, and that he had become upset and demanded that the roommate text his wife to ask about it. The roommate showed the deputy those texts.

The deputy interviewed the man, who admitted that he does drive past his wife’s house when traveling to work, but added that he did not realize that was a violation of the protection order. The man denied asking the roommate to contact his wife. The man was charged with violation of a no contact order, and held in the Gallatin County Detention Center without bond.