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Grangeville man detained on bad check case subsequently charged with meth possession

— While questioning a Grangeville man on passing bad checks at a Riggins grocery, law enforcement made an interesting discovery.

Now, along with four counts of issuing checks without sufficient funds, Steeven G. Nunez, 28, is charged with additional felonies of methamphetamine possession with intent to deliver, and possession of major contraband within a correctional facility, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nunez is set for a preliminary hearing on these charges this Friday, July 22.

Investigation started following a June 28 report from the Riggins Whitewater Market that a customer had cashed four checks during June 16-23, totaling $505.35, on a closed USAA Federal Savings Bank account. Store surveillance video allegedly showed Nunez as the customer cashing the bad checks.

Nunez and a companion were located July 7 in a vehicle at the Tamarack Apartments in Grangeville, and due to Nunez’s attempts to fail to comply with officer commands and resist arrest he was placed in restraints.

During a search of Nunez’s person and vehicle, which employed an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detection dog, law enforcement – according to court records — allegedly discovered baggies containing methamphetamine and meth residue, new baggies, scales, syringes, and a vial alleged to contain a “date rape” drug. While in booking at the Idaho County Jail, a baggie containing meth was allegedly recovered from Nunez’s shorts.

ICSO Deputy Jonny Wilson investigated the case with Deputy Mike Chlebowski and Grangeville Police Officer Randy Long.


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