Friday, November 9, 2007

Hailey couple busted on pot charges

Health and Welfare takes away their children

Express Staff Writer

While other folks in Hailey were voting on marijuana reforms, the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team was busy with its own cannabis issues.

At about 3 p.m. on Tuesday, the narcotics team served a search warrant at 514 Third Ave. South in Hailey and arrested two adults on marijuana charges. Taken into custody were Randy Heuring, 40, and his wife, Gina Heuring, 42.

A news release from the narcotics team says that the couple faces charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, child endangerment and failure to affix drug tax stamps.

The news release further says that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare was notified and the agency took custody of the Heuring children, ages 9, 10, 15 and 17.

"Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in two of the children's rooms," the news release says. "Health and Welfare was notified concerning the unsafe living conditions and the children have been removed from the residence."

A third person was also arrested. The narcotics team identified him as 18-year-old George Hulbert, no address available, who faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine.

The news release alleges that Hulbert "attempted to elude police" while officers were "executing the search warrant" at the Heuring home.

The drug bust came on election day when Hailey voters were deciding the fate of four initiatives to legalize or reform marijuana laws in the city.

An initiative for regulation and taxation of marijuana was defeated, while initiatives to legalize medical use of marijuana and industrial use of hemp were approved. Also approved was a measure to make enforcement of marijuana laws the city's lowest police priority.

Despite the approval of the three initiatives in Hailey, warnings have come forth that laws restricting the use, possession and distribution of marijuana still apply.

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