A homeless woman who had recently been evicted from a Stevensville-area residence allegedly admitted to selling up to three-quarters of an ounce of methamphetamine a week over a nine-month period.
Michelle Mae Voth, 28, was charged last Friday with felony counts of criminal distribution, possession of dangerous drugs, criminal child endangerment and obstructing justice.
According to Deputy Ravalli County Attorney Thorin Geist’s charging affidavit, Voth and her father John Joseph Voth Jr. were evicted from a property on Treece Gulch Road northeast of Stevensville on Oct. 10.
Michelle Voth and her 5-year-old son met the group of officers enforcing the eviction at the door. She initially told the officers that her father was the only other person inside the home.
When a sheriff’s detective followed John Voth into his bedroom, the officer spotted a glass methamphetamine pipe on the dresser.
Another detective found Samuel Ingols Brown hiding in a bathtub in another bedroom.
Brown, 28, had an outstanding warrant on drug charges. He was arrested at the house and charged with felony bail jumping and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. Brown’s bail was set at $25,000.
Following the eviction, a sheriff’s detective obtained a warrant to search the Treece Gulch Road home. The affidavit said officers located 1.4 ounces of methamphetamine with a street value of $5,000, scales, drug paraphernalia, an AR-15 rifle, two Ruger pistols and a black Motorola radio that belonged to the Frenchtown Fire Department.
During the search, officers spotted Michelle Voth driving by the residence. After being stopped and arrested, she allegedly told officers she had a small bindle of methamphetamine in her bra.
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The search warrant also allowed officers to acquire urine samples from the three. The affidavit said Brown’s urine tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and MDMA. Michelle Voth’s urine was positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.
On Oct 11, the affidavit said Michelle Voth asked to speak to a detective.
During the subsequent interview, she allegedly admitted to selling up to three-quarters of an ounce of methamphetamine a week between Jan. 1, 2019, and Oct. 1, 2019. The affidavit said she told the detective her last customer was her father, who had purchased a half-gram from her on Oct. 8.
Voth also allegedly acknowledged that she lied about Brown being in the house because she knew there was an active warrant and she did not want him to be discovered.
She also allegedly admitted that her 5-year-old son was in the house at the same time that she knew Brown was selling methamphetamine.
Voth told the detective she had transported several firearms from a local storage unit to the Treece Gulch residence and that she knew there was a sawed-off shotgun included with those weapons.
The affidavit said officers spoke to John Voth Jr. at Community Medical Center in Missoula, where he had been admitted on issues related to his diabetic condition. It said he admitted to buying methamphetamine from his daughter on Oct. 8.
Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey set bail for Michelle Voth at $75,000.