Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Man and female teen arraigned on meth charges

Express Staff Writer

After being arrested Dec. 2 on drug trafficking charges, Wessler Corrales-Castro, 24, and Damica Goodenough, 16, were arraigned on felony charges this week for alleged drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of the Hailey Elementary School.

Goodenough pleaded not guilty on Monday and could have a court trial in March, said Blaine County Prosecutor Jim Thomas. Thomas noted that the juvenile is being charged as an adult in the felony case, which could include child endangerment charges because Goodenough has a 6-month-old child.

When the pair was arrested, police found 400 grams of methamphetamine in Corrales-Castro's possession, Thomas said, which is considerably more than police typically find during drug arrests by the Blaine County Drug Task Force.

"More people have it in smaller quantities."

Goodenough was charged with trafficking a smaller amount of methamphetamine.

If found guilty, Corrales-Castro, who is being held on $100,000 bond at the county jail in Hailey, would face a mandatory minimum sentence of five to seven years. He was bound over in Magistrate Court Tuesday to be arraigned in 5th District Court on methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Thomas said alleged methamphetamine users who have been arrested recently have not had many local ties and that typically the drug is coming from outside the state.

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