The West Central SWAT team was called to the rural Alberta residence of 50 year old Robert Jon Dierks Wednesday night on suspicion of drug possession. In the process, 30 year old Alberta resident Courtney Lynn Wait was also arrested on felony drug charges. The pair was charged Thursday afternoon in 8th Judicial District Court in Stevens County.

A search warrant led officers to multiple items of contraband in the basement of Dierks’ house, including methamphetamine and assorted paraphernalia of drug pipes, tubing and a mirror. They also found rifles and shotguns in the same safe as the methamphetamine.

Wait was also found with methamphetamine. She had been staying in a camper located in a machine shed on Dierks’ property. In the camper, officers found hypodermic needles, a large bong, smoking pipes and tubing typically used to ingest illegal drugs.

The 5th degree felony drug charges on both Wait and Dierks carry a maximum sentence of between 3 and 5 years in prison, a fine of $10,000, or both. The pair was also charged with a petty misdemeanor for possessing drug paraphernalia. Wait was given an extra misdemeanor charge of possession of hypodermic syringes.

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