Friday, June 17, 2011

Grand jury indicts Twin Falls woman

Suspect charged with methamphetamine sales


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Lisa Christine Justice

She is the first of an unknown number of suspects indicted by a Blaine County jury on drug charges.

A Blaine County grand jury earlier this month indicted a 41-year-old Twin Falls woman on two felony charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine in March to a police confidential informant.

Lisa Christine Justice made an initial court appearance Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. Arraignment was continued to June 22 because Justice did not have legal counsel present. Hailey attorney Douglas Werth was later appointed public defender.

In a case investigated by the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team, Justice is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine and a second count of trafficking in the drug.

Both charges are punishable in Idaho by up to life in prison.

A probable-cause affidavit filed by Blaine County Sheriff's Sgt. Corey Weatherly, a member of the Narcotics Enforcement Team, alleges that Justice sold methamphetamine on March 29 and again on March 30 to a police confidential informant in Bellevue.

In prearranged purchases, according to Weatherly, Justice sold a quarter of an ounce of methamphetamine to the informant for $450 on March 29 and an ounce of the drug to the informant for $1,350 on March 30.

Weatherly wrote that both purchases took place at Guffy's convenience store on Main Street.

According to court records, Justice also faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance in Twin Falls County.

Bond in the Blaine County case is set at $100,000. Sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said that Justice was returned to the Twin Falls County jail following her Monday court appearance in Hailey.

Justice is the first of an unknown number of suspects indicted by a Blaine County jury on drug charges in secret court proceedings held the first week of June. Court files in the other cases remained sealed this week.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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