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Five face drug charges after I-90 traffic stop

by RALPH BARTHOLDT
Staff Writer | May 12, 2020 1:00 AM

Three people from Montana who appeared to be using a red Honda Pilot as a traveling pharmaceutical dispensary are in the Kootenai County jail facing felony drug charges.

Idaho State Police stopped the Pilot around 8 p.m. Sunday as it headed east near the Harrison exit of Interstate 90. A trooper found methamphetamine, LSD, hydrocodone pills, marijuana products, psilocybin mushrooms and prescription drugs packaged in separate baggies in the car.

The LSD masqueraded as bags of Sour Patch Kids candies, police said.

Of the SUV’s five occupants, Chloe B. Cobb was charged with two felony counts of possession of controlled substances, John D. Hollis was arrested for felony drug possession, and Kendra L. Welder was charged with three felony drug counts.

The other two occupants, Nickolas A. O’Mary and Haven N. Hamilton, were charged with misdemeanor drug possession.

Police said the Honda attempted to evade troopers as it drove erratically up the Harrison exit ramp east of Coeur d’Alene. O’Mary, the driver was drinking a hard lemonade when the Pilot was stopped, police said, and he had a marijuana pipe in his shirt pocket.

The five occupants told police they had traveled to Spokane from Kalispell for Mother’s Day, but none of the occupants had the same mother, or could explain the significance of the trip, police said.

In addition to marijuana wax, cannabis oil, methamphetamine, pills and mushrooms, police said Cobb carried a 9 mm CZ handgun in her purse as well as a handful of hollow-point bullets.

Welder carried $870 in her purse along with digital scales and baggies, foil-wrapped Sour Patch Kids that Welder said contained LSD, and a .38-caliber revolver.

Welder, Cobb and Hollis will have hearings within 21 days in a Coeur d’Alene court while the others were released and will be summoned to court on their misdemeanors.