Pinedale traffic stop uncovers hidden meth

(Pinedale, Wyo.) - A Pinedale woman was arrested by Sublette County Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators on Tuesday, charged with Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor, and transported to the Sublette County Jail in Pinedale. While being booked into jail, additional charges were brought against Brenda Mullinax , 55, after approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine were discovered hidden in a body cavity. The additional charges, Possession of a Controlled Substance (more than three grams), and Introducing Drugs into Jails, are both felonies, punishable by up to 20 years in prison for possession, and three years in prison for introducing drugs into jail. Sublette County Sheriff Stephen R. Haskell said investigators from the Sublette County Drug Task Force were notified of suspected drug use when Deputy Justin Hays stopped Mullinax for speeding at around 10 a.m. after he observed her driving approximately 91 mph in a posted 65 mph limit. Deputy Hays stopped the vehicle and immediately became suspicious that Mullinax was under the influence of a stimulant, based on her behavior. During the subsequent investigation, Mullinax admitted to using methamphetamine “three days ago,” according to court records. Mullinax failed field sobriety tests, and her vehicle was searched after a drug K9 was deployed and indicated the presence of an illegal substance. During the search of the vehicle, an empty “hide can” was found, which upon initial appearance looked like an ordinary soda can. A field test of the can indicated “presumptive positive” for methamphetamine. Mullinax was transported to the jail where a search revealed the hidden plastic bag containing the drugs. A passenger in the vehicle, Olivia Nichelson, 23, also admitted to investigators that she had smoked methamphetamine “earlier that morning” at Mullinax’s house. Nichelson is currently on probation and was taken into custody and also charged with Being Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and violating her probation. Both suspects appeared before Circuit Court Judge Curt Haws in Pinedale on Wednesday. Mullinax’s bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety, and Nichelson is being held without bond. *Feature Photo: (Left) Brenda Mullinax (55) faces felony drug charges after smuggling methamphetamine into the Sublette County Jail. (Right) Olivia Nichelson faces a misdemeanor charge for being under the influence of methamphetamine when the vehicle she was riding in was stopped for speeding. She also faces charges stemming from violating her probation. h/t Sublette County Sheriff's Office / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news