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Two Missoula women arrested on drug charges

Two Missoula women were arrested last week on allegations of drug possession. The incident occurred just east of Kooskia on Friday, April 28.


Lacey D. Lakey

According to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) press release and probable cause documents, ISCO corporal Craig Hoodman observed a maroon vehicle driving recklessly as it entered the Weir Hot Springs parking lot. The 1988 Nissan Maxima was traveling west on U.S. Highway 12 when it slammed on its brakes, losing traction and sliding on the pavement. It stopped halfway off the roadway just before colliding with a hillside.

The vehicle then turned and entered the parking lot where it came to a stop. At that time, Hoodman approached the vehicle and spoke with the occupants of the Maxima.


Heather L. Peterson

Initially, both the driver and one of the passengers gave the officer false names to identify themselves. Because Hoodman detected the smell of alcohol and observed several large knives located around the driver’s seat, he asked the occupants to exit the vehicle.

Upon searching the Maxima, corporal Hoodman recovered methamphetamine, paraphernalia and un-prescribed Ambien pills.

Heather L. Peterson, 43, and Lacey D. Lakey, 27, both of Missoula were arrested and transported to the Idaho County Jail. Peterson is being held on allegations of felony possession of methampetamine and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, possession of a legend medication and providing false identification to law enforcement. Lakey is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

Both women are being held in the Idaho County Jail on $10,000 bond each. Preliminary hearings have been set for both women at 2 p.m. Friday, May 12.

The driver of the vehicle, Jacob R. Kemme, 30, of Spokane, Wash., was released without charges.


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