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Criminal sale of dangerous drugs

Howard Matteson, 37, of Butte was booked in the Butte jail early Tuesday for a felony charge of attempting to sell drugs after officers said they spotted drug paraphernalia in a vehicle he was driving.

Police were patrolling the 800 block of Centennial Avenue when they stopped to talk to the occupant of what they say was a suspicious vehicle parked on the street. Police said that Matteson, the occupant, told officers that the car had broken down.

During the conversation, police said, officers saw drug paraphernalia within plain view inside the vehicle. Police obtained a search warrant and said they found more paraphernalia in the vehicle and a bag with a methamphetamine-like residue. A search of Matteson also allegedly uncovered a small plastic bag containing 1.5 grams what officers suspected to be meth.

Officers took Matteson to the jail, where they said Matteson tried to discard a 3.9-gram bag of what they suspected to be meth on the floor.

Police say drug paraphernalia they uncovered during the incident included a glass pipe, green and black case they suspected was used for carrying drugs, a metal spoon, cotton swabs, 12 syringes and scales. In addition, police confiscated $141 from Matteson.

As of Friday morning Matteson remain in Butte county jail, where he is facing a criminal felony charge of attempting to sell drugs, a felony charge of drug possession and a felony charge of the use of property subject to forfeiture for the $141, which officers believe was used in the sale of drugs. Matteson was also cited with a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drug possession

Police say Thursday afternoon they cited Casandra LaTray for a misdemeanor charge of possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia after they spotted the 26-year-old Butte woman on the 500 block of South Arizona Street.

Officers said they knew that a warrant was out for LaTray for failing to appear in city court and apprehended her. During the booking process, police said, they discovered LaTray was in possession of a small bag of marijuana and a glass pipe.

Stolen car

Police responded to the 30 block of LaPlatte Street Thursday night after a Great Falls man called to say that a woman staying at a residence on the street had stolen his car.

According to police, the man knew the woman and where she might be staying. He phoned a friend in Butte, police said, who went to the LaPlatte Street residence to confirm that the vehicle was indeed parked nearby.

When questioned by police, Tisa Marie Brien, 37, homeless, said she had gotten permission to use the car.

Because the car had been reported stolen and there were warrants for Brien out of Cascade County, police arrested Brien and took her to jail. She is facing a felony charge for possession of stolen property.

Car theft

Police say they are on the lookout for a 2013 black Ford Fiesta that they say was stolen from the 700 block of Hobson Avenue sometime between the Oct. 16 and Oct 19.


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