Nicholas Arthur Hoskins, 29, of Bellevue, was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and to successfully complete a drug court program following a guilty plea to possession of methamphetamine in a plea agreement that dismissed three lesser charges.
At the sentencing hearing, prosecutor Matt Fredback presented a summary of the case and said Hoskins has a history of substance abuse. He was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and three misdemeanors for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol in his vehicle after his arrest in December.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Dina Mitma, Mitma pulled over to do a welfare check on a vehicle parked northbound on Broadford Road south of Star Bridge around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 27. She noticed that the driver, Hoskins, appeared to be slumped over in his seat. As Mitma pulled over, Hoskins exited his vehicle and appeared to be talking to himself, the affidavit states.
Mitma reported that when she made contact with Hoskins, he was speaking rapidly and appeared nervous. She asked for the man’s identification and learned through dispatch that Hoskins had a warrant out of his arrest from Ada County. In a search subsequent to arrest, Sgt. Fabrizio Lizano, who came to assist at the scene, found several drug paraphernalia items, including a pipe for smoking marijuana and a pipe for smoking methamphetamine, as well as several needles, and marijuana and crystal rocks that later tested positive as methamphetamine, the report states.
Hoskin’s defense attorney, Amanda Breen, agreed with the prosecuting attorney’s recommendation for drug court.
“It is so clear that his addiction needs to be dealt with,” Breen said at the sentencing Monday.
In addition to drug court, an intensive program that includes group therapy, a meeting once a week in front of a judge and scrupulous drug testing and monitoring, Hoskins was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, restitution for the lab testing of the substances found in his vehicle and $500 in public defender reimbursement.