Ronnie Cahoon

A Clinton woman who was arrested on drug-related felony charges in August was arrested again on Saturday on additional felony drug charges.

According to court records, Ronnie Michelle Cahoon, 25, ran into a Hamilton hair salon visibly upset on Saturday, and stated that she was trying to get away from her boyfriend. He allegedly went into the business, yelling profanities and banging on a glass window, then left. He later was issued a citation for disorderly conduct.

Hamilton Police Officer Jessica Hayward and Ravalli County Deputy Joe Marble responded, and he noticed a “large bulge” in Cahoon’s purse, and she was known to carry a weapon, according to the affidavit of probable cause. When asked about it, Cahoon pulled out a pill bottle, saying it was her mom’s prescription.

Hayward noted that while the pill bottle was for Cahoon’s mother, it actually contained amphetamine and dextroamphetamine pills.

“The defendant admitted to using methamphetamine, but that her last use was approximately a month and a half earlier,” Thorin Geist, deputy Ravalli County attorney, wrote in the affidavit.

A search of her purse allegedly yielded three small baggies with apparent methamphetamine residue.

Cahoon was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing a police officer.

In her August arrest, Cahoon had been pulled over for driving faster than the speed limit, and the officer noted a Crown Royal bag and roll of aluminum in the vehicle; both items are commonly used to store and consume drugs.

When Cahoon left the vehicle, a drug bindle allegedly was observed on the driver’s seat. She had difficulty walking and her pupils were constricted, making the officer wonder about possible narcotics use.

A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up drug paraphernalia and two pills — one was Viagra and one was Tramadol, which is a schedule 4 controlled substance.

In conjunction with the August traffic stop, Cahoon was charged with two felony counts of possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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