Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On March 6, 2023, at approximately 3:11 p.m., a Missoula Police Department officer was patrolling in the area of Russell Street and Wyoming Street when he saw a female, later identified as 54-year-old Lisa Thomas. The officer is familiar with Thomas from several previous professional encounters. The officer also knows Thomas frequently has warrants for her arrest.  

The officer checked Thomas’ name on his in-car computer and discovered that she had a warrant issued for her arrest for multiple previous criminal charges, including possession of dangerous drugs. The officer contacted Thomas on the sidewalk and instructed her to put a bag on the ground and remove her backpack. The officer then instructed Thomas to put her hands behind her back and placed her into handcuffs.  

The officer escorted Thomas to the back of his patrol car and searched her incident to arrest. The officer also contacted Thomas’ Probation Officer who asked the officer to search Thomas’ backpack. As the officer searched the backpack, he discovered a coin purse containing loose change as well as a blue button pouch. The officer opened the pouch and saw several small clear plastic baggies. 

According to court documents, amongst all the baggies was one that had a large crystalline substance in it. The officer weighed the crystalline substance on a digital scale and the total weight of the drugs was 1.8 grams. The officer then removed a small piece of the suspected drugs and put it in a methamphetamine NIK test. The NIK test revealed the substance to be a presumptive positive for the presence of methamphetamine. 

Thomas 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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