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Pinehurst police raid leads to meth seizure

by JOSH McDONALD
Staff Writer | February 9, 2024 1:00 AM

PINEHURST — The Shoshone County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Pinehurst residence Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of 170 grams of methamphetamine. 

The multi-level residence, at the intersection of Main and Division streets, was reportedly heavily barred and reinforced with several locks the officers had to overcome to gain entry. 

Steven D. Fetter, 61, and Patricia M. Cook, 59, were taken into custody following the raid. Fetter was in court Thursday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

“As most people know, we’ve been focusing on drug dealers in the Silver Valley,” Shoshone County Sheriff's Office Capt. Seth Green said. “We gather a lot of information through our regular patrols, and then we use that information to run surveillance operations and gather other evidence that we can take to a judge to secure a warrant.” 

In this case, Green and the SCSO drug team were assisted by other local law enforcement agencies as part of the Shoshone County Drug Task Force to complete the search of the Pinehurst home.  

An addition to the Task Force is Shoshone County’s Tactical Medical team, which was developed through agreements with local law enforcement agencies and Shoshone County Fire districts No. 1 and No. 2. The TAC MED team was then trained to respond to situations in unsecured environments where immediate emergency medical responses are required before the crime scene can be cleared. 

Pinehurst Police Chief John Richter was thankful for their presence during the raid after one of the officers involved suffered a severe laceration during his attempts to gain entry to the residence.

Pinehurst Police Department and Kellogg Police Department assisted in the raid.

“We are dedicated to keeping drug dealers off of our streets and finding solutions to assist those afflicted with drug addiction,” Richter said. “We appreciate the assistance from all the agencies we work with, and especially the citizens that provide information that leads to investigations and arrests. It's vital to have all the agencies working together because we are all small agencies, but together we provide a better quality of service to our county.”