HAMILTON – A woman wanted on a pair of outstanding warrants from Missoula County is facing additional charges following a Sunday traffic stop in the Bitterroot.
According to court documents, Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Shawn Silvan observed a Ford Ranger pickup truck traveling in Ravalli County without a front license plate or registration.
Trooper Silvan pulled over the vehicle and while talking with the occupants saw a marijuana pipe and other drug paraphernalia in plain view.
The passenger, who has been identified as Cortnie Jayne Ramage was found to have two active warrants for her arrest out of Missoula County.
Prosecutors say that Ramage declined permission to search her purse, but admitted to using methamphetamine approximately a month earlier.
She was then taken into custody on the existing warrants. Before Ramage was arrested, court documents state that Trooper Silvan found a clear glass pipe in the pocket of Ramage’s coat.
Ramage stated that she used the pipe to smoke hash oil. Court documents further state that methamphetamine was found in Ramage’s pocket during a search at the Hamilton jail.
A urine sample tested positive for THC, methamphetamine, and amphetamine. A glass methamphetamine pipe was also found in the Defendant’s purse, according to prosecutors.
Ramage, 24, is now facing three drug charges — including a felony count. She’s currently behind bars in the Ravalli County Detention Center.