Posted: Feb 5, 2013 8:44 PM by David Sherman - MTN News
Levi James Harpine, Christopher S. Leitheiser, and Lonna J. Staber are all facing charges in connection with criminal possession of dangerous drugs in Great Falls.
On Sunday, February 3rd, police officers responded to a home on the 700 block of 18th Street South after receiving a report that several people had been entering and leaving the home; the person who filed the report said that the tenant was out of town, and did not recognize the people seen going into and leaving the home. They also reported finding two used syringes on the property.
Court documents state that when police officers arrived, they found drug paraphernalia on the ground, and Harpine, Leitheiser, and Staber all tried to enter the home.
Harpine and Staber were then arrested based on outstanding warrants from Municipal Court.
Officers noticed a small metal vial attached to a key ring on Leitheiser's belt; when asked what was in it, Leitheiser said, "Junk." He then opened the vial showed an officer that there were two plastic bindles inside containing what appeared to be meth residue.
Court documents state that Leitheiser then told the officer that he had used meth earlier, and was holding the vial for someone else.
The substance inside the vial later tested positive as meth.
Staber told the police that she had spent the previous night in the home and still had a backpack and clothing inside. When officers searched her backpack, they found several empty bindles; one of them contained residue that was later identified as meth.
A person present at the scene told police that Harpine is a user and seller of meth, and told police that Harpine's backpack, which was inside the house, probably contained drugs and paraphenalia used to distribute drugs.
Police obtained a search warrant for the backpack, which contained documentation indicating that it did belong to Harpine; inside they found drug paraphernalia including spoons, pipes, syringes, and brindles. Three of the brindles contained a substance that was later identified as meth.
Also found in the backpack was a ledger marked with weights and profits, which officers said was indicative of drug trafficking.
Harpine is facing one felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute; misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs; and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Harpine has a felony conviction for burglary.
Leithheiser is charged with one felony count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He has one misdemeanor conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Staber is charged with one felony count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. She has misdemeanor convictions for obstructing a peace officer, theft, and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.