Friday, December 9, 2011

Bellevue man charged with drug dealing

Suspect accused of selling marijuana with his child present


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Dustin Rinebarger

A 31-year-old Bellevue man has been charged with three felonies for allegedly selling marijuana earlier this year to an Idaho State Police confidential informant.

In a news release, the Blaine Narcotics Enforcement Team, which assisted ISP with the investigation, reported that Dustin James Rinebarger was arrested on Dec. 1. Rinebarger allegedly sold 1-ounce quantities of marijuana to the confidential informant on two occasions in August.

During one sale, the Narcotics Enforcement Team reported, Rinebarger allegedly sold the drug when his 1-year-old child was present, a circumstance leading to a third felony charge.

Rinebarger made an initial court appearance on Dec. 2 in Blaine County Magistrate Court. He was formally charged with two counts of delivery of marijuana, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison, and a single count of selling marijuana with a child present. That crime is punishable in Idaho by up to 10 years in prison.

The Roark Law Firm in Hailey was assigned as public defender. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 13. Rinebarger is currently free on $10,000 bond.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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