As of Tuesday, February 27, 2018
RIGGINS Idaho County law enforcement is continuing its investigation into a Washington State couple arrested last week for felony drug trafficking, with more charges anticipated to be filed.
Melanie A. Huntley and Sean D. Huntley, both 50, of Lake Stevens, are currently incarcerated in the Idaho County jail with bond set, respectively, at $25,000 and $10,000, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO).
The pair was arraigned Monday in magistrate court and set for preliminary hearings next Friday, March 9. Both are charged with felony trafficking of methamphetamine, felony trafficking of heroin, and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia.
Drug trafficking is an uncommon charge for Idaho County, according to ICSO Detective Jerry Johnson, as is the amount of heroin involved in this case; more than 1.65 ounces, with that figure suspected to be revised upward when the investigation is completed.
“That’s quite a bit for around here,” Johnson said.
Charges resulted following a traffic stop of the Huntley’s 2011 Ford pickup last Friday, Feb. 23, on Main Street in Riggins by Sergeant Craig Hoodman and Corporal Mike Chlebowski who were on routine patrol.
According to the release, while Hoodman was talking with the Huntleys, Chlebowski deployed police service dog, Nation, on an exterior sniff of the vehicle. Nation alerted to the presence of narcotics and the occupants were asked to exit the vehicle. A cursory search of the vehicle yielded 35.15 grams of methamphetamine and 47.04 grams of heroin, paraphernalia and $2,100 in cash.
To be charged as trafficking, according to Idaho statute 37-2732B, required minimum amounts are two grams for heroin and 28 grams for methamphetamine.
According to Johnson, the Huntleys told deputies they were moving, and the vehicle was full of personal belongings, which made a search at that location difficult. The pickup was seized as evidence and taken to the ICSO Search and Rescue Building where it was secured until a search warrant was obtained by Hoodman Monday morning, Feb. 26. Following this, the vehicle was thoroughly searched, and additional amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and paraphernalia were located, in addition to amphetamine, marijuana, an unidentified substance, and three handguns.
Additional charges may be filed as Sean is a convicted felon and is prohibited from having firearms.
ICSO has requested Idaho County Prosecuting Attorney Kirk MacGregor file for civil forfeiture of the pickup and $2,100 in cash.
— Reporter David Rauzi contributed to this story.