Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On May 1, 2023, a Missoula Police Department Officer responded to the area of 1200 Howell for a request for a welfare check. The complainant stated that there was a male in the alley between Howell and Defoe. The complainant stated that the male was moving items around, seemed confused, and was acting erratic.  

As the officer arrived on scene, he observed a male matching the description in the alley. The male appeared to be messing with some items that were in the alley. The officer contacted the male and asked if he was ok. The male advised that he had just become a "medicine man," and he was looking through his items to make sure he had them all.  

The male then identified himself as 29-year-old Steven McIntire and produced a wallet from his back pocket. The officer had a difficult time understanding McIntire, as his speech was rapid, erratic, and jumping from one sentence and subject to the next. Based on his training and experience, the officer believed McIntire was possibly under the influence of methamphetamine. 

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As McIntire produced something from his left front pocket, the officer observed two baggies fall from McIntire’s pocket to the ground. The baggies contained a white crystalline substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. The officer asked McIntire what was in the baggies, to which he replied by stating, "I don't know, it's not mine though."  

The officer told McIntire that he was detained, at which point McIntire replied that he was not detained, due to him being the president of the United States. Officers then conducted a search incident to arrest. During that search, an officer discovered another baggie from McIntire’s front right pocket that contained a crystalline substance.  

McIntire immediately stated that baggie was not his and that he had just gotten his pants back. When the officer asked McIntire where his pants had been, he did not respond. Officers placed McIntire under arrest and transported him to the Missoula County Detention Center. 

The crystalline substance that was found on McIntire tested positive as methamphetamine. McIntire is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.  

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

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