Brandon Bailey-Szabo, 30, of Bellevue, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to serve eight days in jail following a guilty plea to possession of a controlled substance in October.
During a sentencing hearing on Monday, Bailey-Szabo told the court that he’s learned from the incident and plans to remain sober into the future.
“I’ve learned a hard life lesson here and taken it seriously,” he said in court prior to sentencing.
According to a probable-cause-for-arrest affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Dina Mitma, she pulled Bailey-Szabo over on May 29 around 10 p.m. for driving a truck that had a broken taillight. Mitma’s partner, Cpl. Philip Rummel, and his K9 began an air sniff on the truck as Mitma was running Bailey-Szabo’s license and registration.
The dog indicated on the truck, signifying that there were illegal substances in it, according to the affidavit.
Prosecuting attorney Matt Fredback told the court Monday that methamphetamine and marijuana were found in the truck, along with drug paraphernalia that included needles to inject meth intravenously and a pipe for smoking marijuana. Bailey-Szabo admitted in a pre-sentence investigation report to using meth intravenously and that he had been using the substance for the past four years. Since his arrest in May, Bailey-Szabo said he’s remained sober, attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings and testing clean for narcotics.
“I don’t think relapsing is an option for me. I don’t surround myself with people that would tempt me,” he told the court.
In addition to the jail time and probation, Bailey-Szabo must complete 100 hours of community service, pay $100 in restitution for the cost of testing the substances found in his truck, $2,000 in fines and $500 to reimburse his public defender.