Chad Jones appearing in Gallatin County Justice Court

BOZEMAN – A North Carolina man faces a felony drug charge after a large amount of methamphetamine was allegedly found in a safe in a hotel room where he was trespassing.

Chad Jones, 27, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday, charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.

According to court documents, two Bozeman Police officers responded to a reported trespass at the Days Inn in downtown Bozeman on Friday. The hotel manager reported that the truck of a man known to trespass and squat in rooms at the hotel was in the parking lot.

One of the officers called a phone number on file for the truck owner and told a woman who answered that his truck was going to be towed, after which she said she would send him out.

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Jones, court documents state, came outside and told the officers he was staying at the hotel with the man who owned the truck. The officers asked for permission to check the room to make sure the truck owner had left and was not trespassing, to which Jones agreed.

The reporting officer stated that upon entering the room, a scale with white residue on it was clearly visible, along with plastic baggies and an orange syringe cap.

The reporting officer stated that Jones claimed there were no drugs in the room and gave permission to search anything. The officer also said Jones gave him permission to search his person, after which the officer found more than $1,000 in his pockets but no drugs in the room.

The officer instructed Jones to gather his belonging and leave the room, at the hotel manager’s request.

After Jones left, the manager opened a safe in the hotel room and allegedly found a box and bag which he reported to the two officers still on scene.

Court documents state that officers found unused syringes and other drug paraphernalia, along with two plastic baggies containing a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The combined weight of the two baggies containing the meth was almost 94 grams.

Jones was located later that evening at a local casino, arrested and transported to the Gallatin County Detention Center.

In Justice Court Monday, Judge Bryan Adams set Jones’s bail at $20,000. His case will transfer to District Court, where he is scheduled to appear on March 25.

Reporting by David Dyas for MTN News