A Hailey man with an extensive misdemeanor criminal history has been charged with felony possession of cocaine along with four misdemeanor charges, following a traffic stop Sunday night.
Besides the felony, Nathan Drue Dugger, 37, was also charged with driving without privileges, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and racing on public highways. At an initial appearance Tuesday in Hailey, prosecutor Angela Nelson said Dugger had 122 pages worth of criminal history. According to court records, all except for this new felony charge are misdemeanors.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Officer Jared Murphy, Murphy pulled over the SUV that Dugger was driving around 8:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Drive and Forest Bend Drive in Hailey, after noting that it did not have a front license plate, as required by state law, and that it was making excessive noise and appeared to be accelerating loudly.
Upon making contact with the driver, Murphy recognized him to be Dugger, as he had pulled him over just a week prior and cited him for driving without privileges, the report states. Blaine County Communications confirmed that Dugger still had a suspended license and Murphy placed him under arrest. When searching Dugger, Murphy found a rubber, multi-colored cap, which, he wrote, he knew to be an item of drug paraphernalia “usually used to store marijuana wax.” Dugger argued that it was not paraphernalia but a cap for a marijuana pipe.
In addition to the alleged paraphernalia, Murphy also found a baggie with a “green leafy substance which emitted the odor of raw marijuana,” and another plastic bag with “white powdery residue,” which was later tested and came back presumptive positive for cocaine, the report states.
No court date has been set for Dugger’s initial appearance, at which time the prosecutor must present sufficient evidence of the felony crime for the case to be bound over to District Court.