Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On October 4, 2023, at approximately 9:25 a.m., a Missoula Police Department Officer responded to the area of S 6th St W and Inez Street to assist other officers in arresting two individuals who had warrants out of Lake County. One of the individuals was identified as 41-year-old Tashina Tibbits.  

The officer placed Tibbits under arrest and put her in hand restraints. Upon search incident to arrest, the officer asked Tibbits if there was anything in her pockets multiple times. Tibbits stated only some marijuana in her bra and the officer found a lighter in her sweatshirt pocket.  

The officer then transported Tibbits to the Missoula County Detention Facility. Once jail staff started to bring Tibbits into the jail, Tibbits stated that she had forgotten about a baggy of pills in her pocket that she had found. The officer did not locate the baggy during his search incident to arrest.  

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Tibbits was adamant that the pills weren't hers and that she found them. Jail staff then searched Tibbits and discovered the baggy with pills in them. Based on the officer’s training and experience, the pills appeared to be fentanyl pills otherwise known as "blues."  

The officer took the pills back to 109 N Catlin and counted a total of 55 pills. The officer photographed the pills and logged them into evidence. Although Tibbits stated she found the baggy of pills and they were not hers, the suspected fentanyl pills were located in her pocket on her person by jail staff. 

Tibbits is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs. On October 5, 2023, Tibbits made her initial appearance in Missoula Justice Court and her bond was set at $15,000. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable. 

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