by: Donald Cyphers investigative reporter
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings man Seth Jonathan Watson was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of Dangerous drugs. (METH)
According to Deputy County Attorney Morgan E. Dake of the Yellowstone County Attorneys Office, On June 12, 2017 Billings Police Officer Gilmore was patrolling near King Ave East and South Billings Boulevard.
Officer Gilmore observed a 2001 Ford Explorer white in color. In this vehicle was a female passenger that he later was able to identify as Kerry Michael Jetmore and and the driver the vehicle as Seth Jonathan Watson.
The vehicle had an expired temporary tag that looked like a number “5” was changed with a black marker to read “6”
Once Officer Gilmore was able to initiate a traffic stop, Officer Gilmore observed Jetmore and Watson acting as if they were nervous as he approached them. Watson was described by Officer Gilmore as talking very fast and being out of breath. Watson told Officer Gilmore that he did not have his I.D. on him.
Jetmore told the Officer that she did not have her identification on her either. Officer Gilmore took their names down on a pad and then returned to his patrol car and ran a NCIC check and discovered that Watson had a valid warrant for his arrest for drug possession.
Officer Gilmore observed that both Watson and Jetmore were smoking cigs and that Jetmore had several cigs while Officer Gilmore was writing out a ticket for Watson.
As Officer Gilmore handed Watson his ticket or citation, he also asked to have consent to search the vehicle.
Jetmore started to get out of the vehicle and was upset with Officer Gilmore.
Jetmore did not want Officer Gilmore to search her bag. Watson however consented to a search of his vehicle.
Officer Gilmore then started to search the vehicle and located two cell phones and several small cut straws with what appeared to be residue inside the straws.
A wallet was found int the glove box that contained several baggies that had METh in the baggies. Because Officer Gilmore found a good quantity of Meth he suspended the search and had the vehicle impounded where the vehicle could be searched better.
According the a list of property that was found in the vehicle, (4) syringes were located in a black bag which was lying on the floor board. This bag was that of Jetmore’s property.
(2) cell phones (1) large pen and (1) small cut straw which was located in the black bag which was on the floor board. (3) small baggies that had METH in side of them. Various other clear baggies were also discovered.
The case hearing is before Judge David Carter of the Justice Court CR2018-0112