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Stolen Vehicle Recovered-Drugs Found

Posted 5/14/2014 11:12 AM by MDGREGORY

On May 6th, 2014 at approximately 10:10 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Smith stopped a maroon Ford Expedition with no license plates for a speeding violation in the area of 1st and Willow in Spokane Valley.

When Deputy Smith contacted the driver, later identified as 29-year-old Michael P. Stewart, he observed a bag of marijuana above the sun visor and a glass “stem” type pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the driver’s seat next to Stewart’s leg. He also observed what appeared to be a submachine gun style weapon under the center console of the vehicle.

Stewart verbally identified himself and told the deputy the weapon was a BB gun which was later confirmed.

Stewart was arrested after Deputy Smith learned his driving status was suspended in the 3rd degree in Washington. During a search after his arrest, a bindle containing a crystalline substance was found in Stewart’s right front shorts pocket. The substance showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine when it was later tested.

When Deputy Smith checked the vehicle’s VIN, he found it had been reported stolen on April 24th from the area of the 2300 block of East Euclid. After being advised of his rights, Stewart stated he was borrowing the vehicle from a friend.

Stewart was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for felony charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine and Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle as well as a misdemeanor charge of Driving While License Suspended 3rd.

The vehicle was returned to the registered owner.