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Man faces drug charges

FAIRMONT — An Eatonville, Washington, man is facing felony charges in Martin County.

Micah Shane Price, 36, has been charged with one count of drug possession in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Price is also charged with one count of drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On March 7, 2021, a Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy was on duty when he initiated a traffic stop of a vehicle in the approximate location of a business next to the 102 exit of Interstate 90. The drive began to exit the vehicle, and was advised to stay inside. The deputy immediately noticed an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The driver, identified as Price, indicated he was driving from the State of Washington to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to visit a relative. Price indicated he did not have a valid driver’s license. The deputy observed that Price appeared to be nervous, and Price was sweating despite the outdoor temperature being below 50 degrees.

The deputy returned to his vehicle and ran Price’s information through dispatch. The deputy was advised that Price had an active warrant for his arrest. The deputy went back to Price’s vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.

Price was advised that he was being detained and when asked if he had anything illegal, Price stated that he had some marijuana in his pocket. The deputy removed the marijauna and officers searched Price’s vehicle. During the search they discovered drug paraphernalia and two containers of THC concentrate, as well as some marijuana.

Price was transported to the Martin County Jail, where he was advised of his rights. Price admitted that the THC concentrate and other marijuana related items in the vehicle belonged to him.

On March 8, 2021, the deputy drafted a search warrant for the vehicle and discovered a can of WD-40 spray. The deputy was aware that criminals use common items with false bottoms to conceal drugs and contraband. Inside the canister, the deputy discovered a large amount of meth.

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