Preliminary Hearing Held for Sheridan Girl Facing Multiple Drug Charges

Preliminary Hearing Held for Sheridan Girl Facing Multiple Drug Charges
Preliminary Hearing Held for Sheridan Girl Facing Multiple Drug Charges

A Preliminary Hearing was held Tuesday in Sheridan County Circuit Court for 18-year-old Sheridan resident Aline McWilliams, who is charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance - Heroin; Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance - Cocaine; and Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana.

Prosecuting Attornery for the State, Darci Arsene, called DCI Special Agent with the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office, Jason Ruby, to the stand to testify.

Ruby indicated that McWilliams' boyfriend, Trevor Dunham, had been under surveillance when she accompanied him to Denver, Colorado where he allegedly purchased heroin and cocaine to bring back to Sheridan.

Ruby testified that a reliable source in Denver confirmed that the couple were in Denver the weekend of April 23rd, when Dunham did indeed purchase drugs. The couple were pulled over Monday, April 25th on Interstate 90 in Sheridan County on their way back from Denver.

Ruby indicated that a search of the vehicle by deputies with the Sheridan County Sheriff's Office resulted in the seizure of an ounce and a half of heroin, a half-ounce of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana. The search also produced tin foil with burn tracks consistent with smoking heroin.

McWilliams' Defense Attorney, Joelle Hadley-Day, requested that her client's $25,000 cash bond be changed to a commercial surety bond so that McWilliams could attend her high school graduation at the end of the month.

Arsene countered by pointing out that McWilliams had been on probation with Juvenile Justice at the time of the alleged crime, and that she had tested positive for cocaine on three separate occasions.

Circuit Court Judge John Sampson continued the $25,000 cash-only bond and bound the case over to District Court.

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