Alleged meth stash in restroom prompts felony drug charge

Posted 10/7/22

A Port Townsend woman is facing a felony charge of possessing drugs while being an inmate after she allegedly tried to hide a plastic bag of methamphetamine in the toilet-paper holder of the bathroom …

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Alleged meth stash in restroom prompts felony drug charge

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A Port Townsend woman is facing a felony charge of possessing drugs while being an inmate after she allegedly tried to hide a plastic bag of methamphetamine in the toilet-paper holder of the bathroom she used after her arrest.

Gloria Bell Foutch-Miles, 33, was booked into Jefferson County Jail just before midnight Sept. 25 for alleged driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance by an inmate or prisoner.

Foutch-Miles was arraigned for drug possession and DUI on Friday, Sept. 30 in Jefferson County Superior Court.

She entered a pleading of not guilty to both charges.

Foutch-Miles was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy just after 11 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 25 after the officer noticed a vehicle on Highway 19 that was weaving and crossing the white line on the highway.

The deputy stopped the vehicle at Highway 19 and Four Corners Road and the driver, later identified as Foutch-Miles, was fidgety when contacted by the deputy and fished for a phone to have someone come get her car to drive, according to court documents.

She performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to a probable cause report, and admitted to using methamphetamine that morning.

Foutch-Miles was taken to jail for a blood draw, and authorities said in court papers she asked to use the restroom just before the blood draw and a deputy later found a small plastic bag that appeared to contain methamphetamine had been stashed in the toilet-paper holder next to the toilet.

When confronted, Foutch-Miles allegedly denied knowing anything about the suspected drugs but then told a deputy she wanted to ditch the stuff that she had hidden in her bra.

A deputy noted that Foutch-Miles had been asked if she decided to hide the drugs before the jail did its usual body scan.

If Foutch-Miles really wanted to dispose of the drugs, the deputy added, she could have flushed them down the toilet.

“Instead it was placed in a way that it was somewhat hidden and could be collected again after the body scan if she was given access to the bathroom again,” the officer noted in the probable cause report.

At her arraignment in Jefferson County Superior Court, Judge Keith Harper also set a trial date for Foutch-Miles.

The trial is scheduled for Nov. 28 through Dec. 1.

Conviction of possession of a controlled substance by an inmate or prisoner can result in a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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