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A California man was charged Tuesday with felonies for alleged possession of illegal drugs, including methamphetamine and LSD.

Luke Hartley Lambert, 39, appeared before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray on charges stemming from a Dec. 27 raid on a Hamilton home that resulted in several arrests.

According to Deputy County Attorney Thorin Geist’s charging affidavit, the Darby police and Ravalli County Sheriff’s office worked together to investigate drug distribution in Ravalli County.

A confidential informant participated in two separate controlled purchases of drugs from a Hamilton home allegedly from a woman named Theresa Rose Stone.

Stone, 37, and her brother, Phillip Kent Loofburrow, Jr, 43, of California, were arrested in a Dec. 27 raid on Stone’s home in Hamilton.

At the time of their arrest, a U.S. Forest Service dog was used to search the exterior of the vehicles parked outside of the home. It alerted on a 2004 Lexus RX SUV owned by Lambert. Lambert told officers he had just arrived from Washington state, where marijuana was legal.

Lambert’s driver’s license showed he lived or lives in the small town in California as Loofburrow. Lambert could not explain how he came to be in the same residence in Hamilton as Loofburrow, the affidavit said.

A search warrant on Lambert’s vehicle was executed on Dec. 28.

The affidavit said 385 grams of marijuana, 1.3 grams of methamphetamine, 3 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms and 11 tabs of LSD were recovered from the SUV.

Ray set bond at $25,000 with a requirement that Lambert wear a drug patch if released from the detention center.


Associate Editor

Reporter for The Ravalli Republic.