Woman on probation gets caught with meth and a gun in Missoula


On August 29, 2022, a Missoula Police Department officer was asked to assist a probation officer in performing a residency check on Ronnie Linton, 30, who is on probation. The probation officer called for help after finding a loaded 9mm handgun, suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia inside Linton’s apartment.

The probation officer initially entered Linton’s apartment with the help of Linton’s boyfriend. Once inside, the probation officer observed the 9mm on a shelf, and the drugs and paraphernalia on a coffee table in the living room. Police public information officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.

“Missoula police officers recovered the drugs, paraphernalia and handgun,” Arnold said. “Linton was transported to the Missoula County Detention Center on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia. The suspected drugs were tested and showed a presumptive positive result for methamphetamine. Other suspect drugs were sent to the state crime lab for testing. This case is still under investigation with the Missoula Police Detective Division.

Upon entering the apartment, the MPD agent found two empty syringes, two blue straws, two hollow glass tubes, three plastic bags containing a white crystalline substance, and a fourth bag containing small brown flakes.

Linton admitted to using methamphetamine and fentanyl earlier in the morning. The agent performed a TruNarc scan on the white crystalline substance in all three bags. He came back presumptively positive for methamphetamine.

He also performed a NIK test on the bag containing the brown flakes. He also appeared to come back presumptively positive for methamphetamine. Court documents indicate that the total weight of the methamphetamine product is approximately 4.34 grams.

Linton is currently charged with one count of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

The information in this article was obtained from publicly available sources.

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