IDAHO FALLS – Two people were charged after deputies allegedly caught them with heroin and then caught one trying to take drugs into the jail.
Adrian Eli Reader, 27, was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges for possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.
Kelsey Pauline Schlenker, 34, was charged with misdemeanor introducing contraband into a jail facility and misdemeanor charges for possession of a controlled substance without prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 3:30 a.m. on Friday, Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a car in a gas station parking lot near 1st Street and Woodruff Avenue after watching them commit several traffic violations, according to a news release from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.
As they approached the car, deputies observed the driver, Schlenker, and a passenger, Reader, shuffling around “as if they were hiding items in their clothing and the passenger compartment,” according to the release.
Reader allegedly began arguing with deputies about the stop and was asked to stand outside the car so the deputy could issue a citation to Schlenker.
During this time, Reader was talking on his phone to someone about the stop and was “jumping up and down yelling erratically,” according to the release.
Deputies say they saw a metal straw they recognized as drug paraphernalia fall from Reader’s clothing onto the ground.
Reader denied the straw belonged to him and continued to “behave erratically” after being told to put his hands behind his back.
Reader allegedly pulled away from deputies and tried to run but was quickly caught and taken to the ground. He continued to resist, deputies said, but after a brief struggle, he was handcuffed and secured in a police car.
Another deputy then arrived on the scene, and his K-9 partner was alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the car.
A search of the car reportedly found items of drug paraphernalia, including another metal straw matching what fell from Reader’s clothing and a container with just over 1 gram of heroin in the passenger seat area where Reader had been sitting.
Multiple items of drug paraphernalia were also found underneath the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
Reader and Schlenker were transported to the Bonneville County Jail. During the booking process, Schlenker was found to have three prescription narcotics hidden in her clothing, deputies said.
Reader was booked on a bond of $20,000, later posted bail, and was released. He is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec 6.
If convicted, he could face up to nine years in prison.
Schlenker was booked on a bond of $600 and was released after posting bail. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and is expected to appear in court for a pre-trial conference on Dec. 21.
If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison.
Though Reader and Shleneker have been charged with these crimes, it does not necessarily mean they committed them. Everyone is presumed innocent until they are proven guilty.