A Bellevue resident has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop for a broken taillight.
Brandon Bailey-Szabo, 30, was pulled over on May 29 around 10 p.m. by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Dina Mitma. According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Mitma, she pulled over the 1991 red Chevy pickup that Bailey-Szabo was driving and while she was running his license and registration, the partner she was working with, Cpl. Philip Rummel, and his dog began an air sniff on the Chevy. The dog indicated on the truck, signifying that there was an illegal substance in it.
Mitma requested Bailey-Szabo to step out of the truck so they could conduct a search. Mitma wrote that she immediately found a small hypodermic needle in the center console. During the search, deputies found additional hypodermic needles, two wooden pipes that allegedly had the smell of burned marijuana, a cigarette-looking pipe that allegedly also smelled like burned marijuana and crystal-looking white rocks “that appeared, from my training and experience, to be methamphetamine,” Mitma wrote in the affidavit.
Bailey-Szabo had an initial appearance on May 30, at which time bond was set at $3,000. According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, he was released from jail on June 6. He is scheduled for a preliminary on June 17, at which time the prosecuting attorney must present sufficient evidence for the case to be bound over to District Court as a felony.