A Shoshone resident faces a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine after he was stopped for speeding on Nov. 19 and a search of his vehicle was performed when a police dog indicated there were illegal substances in it.
Arthur F. Callery, 69, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday, at which time the state must present sufficient evidence for the case to proceed as a felony.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Mickey Henderson, Henderson was driving west on U.S. Highway 20 between Gannett Road and the Suzie Q Ranch when he noticed a silver 2002 Audi A6 driving in front of him going an estimated 74 mph in a 65-mph zone and initiated a traffic stop on the driver.
While running Callery’s driver’s license, Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Harrison and his K9 Kimber conducted a free air sniff around the Audi and twice the K9 allegedly indicated around the driver’s side door. Upon searching the Audi, Harrison allegedly found a small blue container in the driver’s side door pocket containing “a white, glass like powder which he knew to be methamphetamine, based off his training and experience,” the affidavit states.
Upon searching Callery prior to arrest, Harrison also allegedly found a small glass pipe with burned residue in Callery’s left breast pocket. In addition to the felony, Callery also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia for the glass pipe.
Callery pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor during his initial appearance on Nov. 20.