POLSON — On March 11, your Polson Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. During the stop the officers developed probable cause to seize the vehicle as part of a drug investigation. It was also discovered that the vehicle was stolen out of Washington, but had not yet been reported as stolen to law enforcement. A search warrant was executed on the vehicle and numerous items of evidence were collected to include, methamphetamine, heroin, and drug distribution equipment. The occupants were Jacob Bessette who already has $45,000 in arrest warrants for criminal possession of dangerous drugs and intent to distribute, Justin Jordan, and John Steele who already has $125,000 in arrest warrants for criminal possession of dangerous drugs and intent to distribute. Additional arrest warrants are being sought for all occupants as a result of the search warrant.

On March 12, your Polson Officers seized another vehicle in reference to this drug investigation and another search warrant was issued. Karissa Catha, vehicle occupant, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. The vehicle search yielded various items of drug paraphernalia.

On the afternoon of March 12, your Polson Officers along with assistance from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Adult and Probation Office, and the Flathead Tribal Police, served two residential search warrants on the westside to conclude this investigation. During these searches numerous items were also seized such as; methamphetamine, heroin, meth pipes, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Numerous people were taken into custody at these locations:

Destiny Joseph was arrested for criminal possession of dangerous drugs (CPDD);

Deidra Joseph was taken into custody for $125,000 of active arrest warrants for CPDD and intent to distribute, but was release due to jail overcrowding;

Shayla Finely was taken into custody for $75,000 of active arrest warrants for CPDD but, also released due to jail overcrowding;

Gauge Catha was arrested for obstruction and taken to Tribal Law and Order;

James Burland was arrested for two counts of CPDD and drug paraphernalia;

Jaydon Burke was taken into custody for $50,000 of active arrest warrants for CPDD, but released due to jail overcrowding.

We would like to thank all the agencies and community members that helped in this investigation. We are committed to working with the public to rid our community of drug dealers. Our mission is to make Polson a better place to live, work, learn, and play for our community members and their guest.

If you have information you would like to share with us please call the non-emergency number at (406) 883-7301, or private message us on Facebook or Instagram.

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