A Carey resident faces two felonies of possession of a controlled substance and introducing or attempting to introduce contraband into a correctional facility after guards at the Blaine County jail found a substance suspected to be methamphetamine in the man’s clothing during processing following a DUI arrest
Robert Franklin Lambert, 35, has remained in jail since his arrest on Jan. 31 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to continue the case as a felony offense.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Bellevue Marshal’s Office Deputy Kirtus Gaston, Gaston responded to a traffic stop along with Deputy Mike Shelamer just before 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the corner of Main and Pine streets in Bellevue after Shelamer noted a four-door Kia sedan crossing the centerline on Main Street.
During the traffic stop, Gaston allegedly smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle, and Lambert admitted he had been drinking. Shelamer directed Gaston to a 24-ounce beer can that he stated he had retrieved from the driver, who admitted to drinking it, according to the affidavit.
Following a series of field sobriety tests, Lambert gave a breath sample of 0.11 blood alcohol concentration, above the legal limit of .08, and was placed under arrest for misdemeanor DUI.
While Lambert was being processed at the jail, a deputy was folding his clothes when “a small baggie of a crystalline substance fell from the [defendant’s] sweater onto the ground,” according to the affidavit, resulting in the two additional felony charges. The substance was tested and allegedly came back presumptive positive for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.