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Missoula man faces new drug charge after jail staff found meth inside flashlight

Missoulian, May 29, 2016

A Missoula man faces a felony drug charge after prosecutors say he was found carrying methamphetamine inside a flashlight.

Stephen Lance Everheart, 33, was booked into the Missoula County jail Monday and charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a court affidavit, Everheart was arrested May 23 on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing. At the jail, detention officers allegedly found he was carrying a red metal flashlight, which had a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine hidden in the battery compartment.

Jail officers also found a lighter and a glass pipe in the pockets of Everheart’s coat, according to the affidavit.

After receiving a search warrant, officers opened the backpack that Everheart had been carrying at the time of his arrest. Inside, they reportedly found a bundle of small plastic baggies as well as a scale.

In Missoula County Justice Court on Wednesday, deputy county attorney Brittany Santorno said Everheart had three prior misdemeanor convictions, the most recent of which was from 2008. She asked Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen to release Everheart on his own recognizance as long as he was being tested for marijuana and methamphetamine.

After Everheart’s public defender agreed to the recommendation, Andersen allowed Everheart to be released on his own recognizance on this case, although he still may be held on the warrant. If released, he will be monitored for drugs.