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Couple Blames Deputies For Meth Inside Vehicle

Posted 9/11/2013 11:22 AM by MDGREGORY

On Monday, September 9th, 2013, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to an assault call near the 10200 block of East 13th Ave. Dispatch advised responding deputies a black Honda was involved in the incident and fled the scene.

Deputy Joe Bodman and Deputy B. Hirzel located the vehicle parked near 13th and Herald. After speaking with the male and female occupants about the incident, deputies learned 21-year-old Rochelle Phillips had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody and later booked into jail on the warrant.

While speaking with Phillips, Deputy Hirzel observed a clear plastic container which contained several plastic baggies inside the vehicle. He also observed a white crystalline substance inside the baggies. Both occupants refused to allow the deputies to search the vehicle and both said either the deputies or another citizen must have planted the substance inside the vehicle. There were no other citizens at the scene.

Deputy Hirzel released the male occupant and impounded the vehicle for a search warrant. After the warrant was signed, Deputy Hirzel located several baggies of a white crystalline substance and electronic scale inside the vehicle. The white substance field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Felony charges will be requested for both occupants for Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent To Deliver.