The case of a Hailey woman facing a felony charge of possession of LSD and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and paraphernalia will proceed to District Court, following a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Dana Leigh Stream, 41, was pulled over for speeding on Nov. 18 along U.S. Highway 20 between Moonstone Landing and Timmerman Junction. During the traffic stop, Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Harrison deployed his K9 to do a sniff of the 2003 Ford Excursion. The K9 indicated that there may be illegal narcotics in the vehicle, prompting a search of the Ford, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Mickey Henderson, who initiated the traffic stop.
During the search of the vehicle, Harrison allegedly found several containers with marijuana, a glass pipe and “a small zip lock bag with small paper tabs,” that Harrison suspected to be LSD.
During the preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Harrison testified that his K9, Kimber, “strongly” indicated on the vehicle to the odor of narcotics. Certified as a narcotics sniff dog in April, Kimber has been on roughly 76 deployments since then and only on a few occasions has indicated on a vehicle that ultimately did not result in narcotics being found following a search, Harrison testified. Harrison explained that this could be due to the fact that Kimber is trained to find the odor of narcotics, meaning that even though a search may result in no physical evidence of narcotics, it is still possible that at one point there were narcotics in the vehicle with the odor left behind that Kimber indicates to.
Blaine County Magistrate Judge Jennifer Haemmerle found probable cause to bind the case over to District Court for prosecution as a felony. As of Thursday, no hearing date had been set for an arraignment in District Court.