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Man charged after shopping cart found to contain five pounds of marijuana
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Man charged after shopping cart found to contain five pounds of marijuana

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Jacob Ryan Mavros

Jacob Ryan Mavros

A Hamilton man pushing a shopping cart along U.S. Highway 93 allegedly containing five pounds of marijuana was arrested Sunday on a felony drug charge.

Jacob Ryan Mavros, 29, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray Monday on the felony possession charge and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the charging affidavit, a sheriff’s deputy initiated a welfare check on Mavros on the bike path next to Highway 93 near Stevensville on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The deputy had received information that Mavros was pushing a shopping cart loaded with multiple bags. The report said Mavros was occasionally stopping, leaning against his cart and attempting to light something.

After contacting Mavros, the deputy learned the man had an existing warrant out of Powell County for his arrest. While handcuffing Mavros, the affidavit said the deputy noticed the strong smell of alcoholic beverage and the odor of marijuana.

Mavros allegedly told the deputy he had multiple knives on his person.

During a subsequent search, the deputy located several knives and a six-inch object filled with a leafy green substance. Mavros allegedly told the deputy that was “marijuana he found in the garbage.”

Before leaving the scene, the deputy removed several suitcases and duffel bags from the shopping cart. While doing so, he noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the bags.

That bag was later found to contain 5.2 pounds of marijuana. The search also found over 200 glass vials containing an unidentified clear fluid and multiple syringes.

Ray set bail at $10,000.

In other justice court news:

James Earl Vinson, 35, of Missoula was charged with criminal possession of methamphetamine and driving while license suspended.

According to the charging affidavit, Vinson was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy on Sunday after his vehicle matched the description of one leaving the scene of a theft. During the traffic stop, it was determined that Vinson’s Minnesota driver’s license was suspended or revoked.

While being booked into the county detention center, a small baggie was located that allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

Ray set bail at $10,000.

Shea Thomas Hullinger, 23, of Darby was charged with felony counts of strangulation and third offense of partner/family member assault.

The charging affidavit said a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a Darby residence Sept. 28 for a report of a physical disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy found Hullinger driving down the driveway. Hullinger was bleeding from the mouth, had a cut on his right hand and cuts on his feet.

The alleged victim said she and Hullinger had argued over the cleanliness of the residence. During that argument, the woman said she sat down on the couch and Hullinger allegedly head-butted her in the forehead before pulling her off the couch by her hair and dragging her into the kitchen.

The woman said Hullinger then kicked her in the ribs. He then allegedly placed the woman in a chokehold until she “tapped out.” The woman told the deputy she had an instant headache and ringing in her ears after the altercation.

Ray set bail at $20,000.

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