Department of Correction offenders busted during random home visits

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Ridge A. Parsons and Yvette G. Bays | Pocatello Police Department

POCATELLO — Two Idaho Department of Correction offenders were allegedly found in possession of illegal drugs during separate random home visits.

Yvette G. Bays, 40, and Ridge A. Parsons, 26, were booked into the Bannock County Jail Thursday evening on felony possession of a controlled substance charge and probation violations charges.

During a random home visit by probation and parole officers, Bays had methamphetamine paraphernalia that also contained meth residue, according to the Pocatello Police Department.

In Parsons’ home, police say he was in possession of prescription medications that did not belong to him.

Court records show Bays is supervised by the Idaho Department of Corrections due to a 2010 conviction of grand theft. Bays was released on probation in 2012.

Parsons is supervised due to a 2015 conviction of possession of a controlled substance. He was sent on a RIDER program but failed to successfully complete the retained jurisdictional treatment, according to court records. The court imposed a prison sentence of one year fixed and three years indeterminate. He was given credit for time served.

Parsons was released on parole in December.

Probationers and parolees in Idaho waive their rights to search and seizure as part of their agreement to participate in community supervision.

Probation and parole officers, with the assistance of local law enforcement, contact offenders in their home as a means of monitoring the offender’s compliance with their release conditions.

If illegal substances are found, local law enforcement typically handles the case, while the Department of Corrections handles any violations of the offender’s supervision agreement. Offenders on probation could face their sentencing judge, while parolees could be referred back to the parole board.

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