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Traffic Stop Leads To Felony Drug Arrest

Posted 10/9/2012 2:56 PM by KWESTBERG

On Monday morning, October 8th, 2012, at about 12:10 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy C. Hilton was patrolling near the area of Wilbur Rd. and Mansfield Ave. when he observed the driver of a vehicle talking on his cell phone.

Deputy Hilton stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, identified as 50-year-old Derek Bos. While Deputy Hilton spoke with Bos, Deputy T. Kullman stood next to the passenger side of Bos' vehicle. Deputy Hilton asked Bos for his vehicle information and while looking through a sack of items on the passenger side of the vehicle with his left hand, Deputy Kullman saw Bos was reaching between the driver and passenger side seat with his right hand.

Concerned for their safety, Deputy Hilton ordered Bos out of his vehicle. Bos continued to dig between the driver and passenger side seat and was assisted out of the vehicle without incident.

Once Bos was out of the vehicle, Deputy Hilton began a pat search of Bos for his safety. Bos attempted to pull away from Deputy Hilton resulting in him being detained in handcuffs. Deputy Hilton continued the pat search and found a hidden dagger/knife under his shirt near his waistband.

Dispatch advised Deputy Hilton Bos had a valid driver's license and had no warrants for his arrest. Due to Bos' previous behavior, Deputy Hilton completed a safety sweep inside the vehicle prior to allowing him back into the driver's seat.

Deputy Hilton located three large knives, one hand held hatchet and a small metal bat shaped club wrapped in tape under the driver's side seat. Deputy Hilton also located two small plastic containers between Bos' driver and passenger side seat. One contained a glass pipe with burn residue commonly used to smoke illicit drugs, the other contained residue from a green leafy substance. Deputy Hilton also located a clear plastic baggie between the seats that contained a white crystalline substance, which later field tested presumptive positive as methamphetamine.

Deputy Hilton placed Bos under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and removed personal items from Bos prior to placing him in the back seat of his patrol vehicle. Deputy Hilton located a small gray digital scale in Bos' front left coat pocket. Deputy Hilton was able to see a white residue and green leafy residue on the scale. Bos told Deputy Hilton the scale was for weighing jewelry.

• Bos was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.