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Woman wanted on Missoula Co. warrants now facing drug charges in Hamilton

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 13:19:43-05

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.