A Hailey woman was arrested on Oct. 23 by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office detectives following an investigation by the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team that stemmed from an alleged “controlled buy” that occurred in 2018.
Stephanie Evans, 56, was arrested just before 8:30 a.m. at her home in Hailey and is facing a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance for an alleged controlled buy—defined as an instance when a confidential informant is wired, given cash to make the drug purchases and later identifies the suspected he or she made the purchases from—that occurred on April 25, 2018, at Evans’ residence.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kristen Quinton, a controlled buy was planned with a confidential informant. The informant allegedly prearranged a purchase of one-quarter ounce of methamphetamine from Evans at her residence. Following the coordinated drug buy, the substance was sent to the Idaho State Lab for testing and on May 17, 2018, the results returned positive as 6.24 grams of methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
Evans was arraigned on Oct. 24 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 5, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to proceed as a felony. If convicted, Evans faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $25,000.