POCATELLO — A Pocatello man who officers say was in possession of fentanyl at the time of an arrest warrant has been charged with a drug-related crime.
Andrew Brady Farnsworth, 26, is facing a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance after his May 11 arrest, court documents show.
The incident began around 1:30 a.m. when a Pocatello police officer was stationed near the intersection of Partridge Cove and Satterfield Drive, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The officer scanned a license plate displayed on a green Honda Civic as it passed them. The Honda was registered to Farnsworth, who had an active warrant.
After calling for help, the officer approached Farnsworth, who had exited the vehicle and was heading towards a house in the area.
The officer told Farnsworth he was going to be held for the warrant.
A K9 narcotic handled by one of the officers who responded to the area indicated the presence of drugs in Farnsworth’s car, the affidavit states.
Officers searched the vehicle and found an empty bag which they determined was clean. But a search of the exterior of the Honda uncovered a bag of pills that officers believed to be “dirty 30” fentanyl pills.
The affidavit did not specify how many pills were in the bag found by officers.
When officers questioned Farnsworth about the pills, he reportedly admitted they were 30 dirty fentanyl pills and belonged to him.
According to recent comments by JaNiece Price, an assistant prosecutor with the Bannock County District Attorney’s Office, it is difficult to determine the fentanyl possession charges.
At a recent town hall meeting hosted by Gov. Brad Little’s Fentanyl Task Force, Price said his office was struggling to determine sentences for fentanyl-related crimes. The problem, she said, is that fentanyl is not a defined drug in the Idaho penal code, which means there is no line between possession, possession with intention to deliver and traffic.
Farnsworth was transported to Bannock County Jail, where he was booked and held on $15,000 bond.
Although Farnsworth was charged with this crime, that does not necessarily mean that he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
If convicted, Farnsworth could face up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
He is due to appear before Magistrate Judge David Kress for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.