DEER LODGE — Four young people from Idaho who were traveling to Washington apparently to sell marijuana all pleaded not guilty this week in Deer Lodge district court to drug charges.
The four were in a car stopped by the Montana Highway Patrol for speeding near Deer Lodge.
Tristen Gage Chelette, 20, of Malad City was charged with felony conspiracy to commit criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture, cash.
Halinarose Ann Ereaux, 18, of Idaho Falls was charged with conspiracy to commit criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor.
Nathan Ender Woodhouse, 18, of Idaho Falls was charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs — hydrocodone without a prescription, conspiracy to commit criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jeremy Scott R. Lewis, 23, of Idaho Falls was charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute — 39 grams of marijuana, a felony — and speeding 93 mph on Interstate 90, a misdemeanor.
Chelette, Ereaux, and Woodhouse are free on $1,000 bond. Lewis is in jail on $1,000 bond.
According to the court record, on Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m., the group was traveling in a black Nissan Sentra when the driver, Lewis, was stopped by Montana Highway Patrol for speeding 93 mph on Interstate 90. During the investigation and search of the vehicle with permission, the officers discovered the group possessed 39 grams of marijuana and $4,134 in cash that Chelette said were his savings.
They were headed to Washington state where marijuana is legal for purchase, documents show. They allegedly also had a supply of baggies, scales for weighing marijuana for sale and distribution, and a price list for selling drugs. All of the occupants of the car were allegedly aware of the purpose of the trip, to sell the remaining marijuana and purchase more in Washington, according to court documents.