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A 31-year-old Hamilton man was charged with attempting to mail a package with 1.7 grams of heroin to a residence in Missouri.

Monte D. Clark, appeared Tuesday before Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey on a felony count of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

According to an affidavit, the charges were a result of a Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force investigation that involved detectives from both the Ravalli County sheriff’s office and Missoula Police Department.

United Parcel Service employees notified the Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 2, 2016, after Clark came into a store “acting strangely” and declared the package he wanted to send contained a cellphone, the affidavit said.

The package’s weight was inconsistent with that of a phone.

A detective in Missoula intercepted the package, opened it and allegedly discovered the heroin, along with coffee, a Band-aid box with adhesive strips and hand wipes. Clark used his name and telephone number to identify himself by his UPS account when sending the package.

Drug intelligence reports confirmed that Clark was suspected of distributing heroin in Missoula.

Bailey set bail at $15,000.

In other justice court news:

• Jody Lee Gibson, 40, of Hamilton was charged with felony possession of dangerous drugs.

An adult probation and parole officer allegedly found five hydrocodone pills in Gibson’s pickup truck. Gibson is required under his probationary terms to provide valid prescriptions to his probation officer, an affidavit said.

Gibson allegedly told a deputy on Feb. 1 that a friend had given him the five pills and that he knew it was illegal for him to obtain the drugs that way.

Gibson was released on his own recognizance.


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Reporter for The Ravalli Republic.