Friday, May 23, 2008

Hailey residents face multiple drug charges

Pair arrested following traffic stop in Bellevue

Express Staff Writer

Scott Nicholson Victoria Perez

Two Hailey residents have been charged with multiple drug offenses after they were arrested in a traffic stop last week in Bellevue.

Thirty-one-year-old Scott Nicholson was charged with two felonies—possession of methamphetamine and attempted destruction of evidence—and two misdemeanors—possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested was 25-year-old Victoria Perez, charged with two felony counts of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of illegal possession of the prescription drug Hydrocodone.

Both suspects were released from Blaine County Jail after posting $7,500 bond each. Preliminary hearings for the pair have been scheduled for May 28.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office reported that Nicholson and Perez were arrested on Thursday, May 15, in a traffic stop for allegedly not having a front license plate. Subsequent searches of the suspects and the vehicle, a red 2003 Jeep Cherokee, led to discovery of 2.6 grams of methamphetamine, a baggie of marijuana, one Hydrocodone pill and miscellaneous paraphernalia for drug use, the sheriff's office reported.

Nicholson faces the destruction of evidence charge for allegedly trying to flush a bag of methamphetamine down a toilet at the jail.

The drug bust was a cooperative effort involving the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team, the sheriff's office, the Hailey Police Department and the Bellevue Marshal's Office.

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