Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On September 1, 2023, Montana Highway Patrol Troopers observed a Mercury sedan traveling north on Higgins St. preparing to turn left onto Broadway St., which had a damaged rear passenger side taillight. The trooper stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as 35-year-old Rashan Bramble. There was also a male passenger in the vehicle. 

Bramble was unable to provide a driver’s license, proof of registration, or proof of insurance when asked. The trooper ran the vehicle’s registration and determined that it had expired in 2019 and was inactive. The trooper also determined that the vehicle was not insured. The trooper also determined that Bramble’s driver’s license was suspended. 

During his conversation with Bramble, the trooper noted a slight odor which he recognized as associated with recent methamphetamine use. The trooper learned that Bramble and her passenger were both on probation. The trooper spoke with an Adult Probation and Parole Officer who stated that Bramble had recently tested positive for methamphetamine. The PO requested a search of both persons and the vehicle. 

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While searching the vehicle, the officers found a butane torch lighter on the driver’s side dashboard. They also located a glass pipe in the glove box and noted a white residue within the pipe. 

According to court documents, the trooper also located three yellow square pills, which he later determined by physical characteristics to likely be Xanax, and five red and blue capsule-shaped pills, later determined by physical characteristics to most likely be temazepam. Both Xanax and temazepam are controlled substances under Montana law. The trooper did not locate any valid prescription for Xanax or temazepam. 

The trooper found a fentanyl information packet and fentanyl test strips in the backseat of the vehicle. A small backpack was found which contained a digital scale and a bottle of Narcan nasal spray. The trooper also found two bags of unused syringes and needles. Bramble was placed under arrest and was transported to the Missoula County Detention Center. 

Bramble is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license, failure to carry proof of liability insurance (3rd offense), operating a vehicle that has not been properly registered, and failure to use a seatbelt. 

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

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