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ICSO arrests pair on drug charges at Weir Hot Springs

Michael E. Eggimann was arrested on charges related to the possession of marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia, and Tanner Slaybaugh was cited for possession of pot and paraphernalia, last Saturday, May 27, at Weir Hot Springs.

Shortly before midnight, Idaho County Sheriff’s Cpl. Craig Hoodman spotted an item labeled “Doc Croc” in the front seat of Slaybaugh’s 2004 Subaru Forester, which was parked in the Weir Hot Springs parking lot, according to a court filing ICSO released to the Free Press Tuesday morning, May 30.

“From training and prior experience, I recognized the hard plastic container and plastic bag labeled ‘Doc Croc’ as commercial packaging for marijuana,” Hoodman wrote in the papers notarized May 27.

In total, Hoodman went on to find an alleged 1.9 grams of heroin, three suboxone pills, 3.0 grams of nondescript marijuana and 3.9 grams of marijuana resin. Additionally, his filing states he found nearly 26 grams of marijuana ranging in THC content from 16.62 percent to 78.1 percent, in units described as follows: 3.8 grams of Bargs White Fir Sativa hybrid marijuana, 4.7 grams of WC Penny Wiser Sweet Indica marijuana, 3.1 grams of WC Purple Urcle Sweet India marijuana, 3.2 grams of Bargs GSC India Hybrid marijuana, 4.3 grams of Skord Sour tangle sativa marijuana, 3.5 grams of Platinum Cookies marijuana and 3.3 grams of Lilac Gardens marijuana.

When Hoodman mirandized Slaybaugh, Slaybaugh allegedly disavowed knowing what all was in his car, and fingered Eggimann, who, according to the probable cause filing, was “his friend.” Looking through the screen at the entry of a tent on site, Hoodman allegedly “observed Michael was holding a flat piece of tin foil along with a lit cigarette lighter and was smoking a black substance off of the tin foil.”

Eggimann allegedly told Hoodman the black substance was an illegal opiate – oxycontin, according to the filing – and Hoodman, spotting a fanny pack in the tent, found a small brown ball that Hoodman later tested “presumptive positive” for heroin.

The court appointed Idaho County public defense attorney Joanna McFarland to handle the case, and when contacted by the Free Press, McFarland said she would “reserve comment until after the preliminary hearing” which is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. June 13.

Eggimann was arraigned at the district court in Grangeville on May 30 and posted $10,000 bond on May 31, according to district court records.


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