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Drug charges follow license violation

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 41-year-old Ritzville, Washington man and his 19-year-old female companion both face felony drug charges after a sheriff's deputy found methamphetamine, cash and a pistol in their car while prowling the parking lot of Northern Quest Casino Tuesday.

The deputy was in the casino parking lot about 2 a.m. Tuesday when he spied a man driving a Mazda 626. He ran a registration check and learned the registered owner had a suspended license.

The deputy stopped the car and learned the registered was not driving, but David Hill of Ritzville, also a suspended driver, was. The deputy arrested Hill for the misdemeanor license violation.

In a subsequent search, the deputy found a small zippered baggie of methamphetamine in the driver's pocket, as well as more than $1,600 in cash. The deputy told Hill he was now under arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine as well as Third-Degree Driving while License Suspended.

The deputy spoke with Hill's female passenger, 19-year-old Tara Leena Rader of Spangle, Washington, and learned she had a misdemeanor warrant out for her arrest. She was taken into custody as well.

In a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a drug pipe on the passenger floorboard. He also noted that he could see into the car's trunk beyond the backseat that was folded down. In the trunk was a backpack that was sealed with a padlock.

The deputy called for a tow truck and had the vehicle moved to the sheriff's parking lot on West Gardner where deputies then requested a search warrant for the car and backpack.

A search of the trunk revealed a toolbox in which were a semi-automatic pistol, more cash and drug ledgers. Inside the backpack were more methamphetamine and drug scales.

Total amount of methamphetamine was more than 18 ounces. The cash totaled more than $15,000.

Both Hill and Rader were booked into the Spokane County Jail on Possession of Methamphetamine charges.  Hill quickly posted bond and was released.  

Based on the results of the search warrant and follow-up investigation, Hill's charge likely will be upgraded to Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver.

- Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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