BOZEMAN - A man and woman appeared in Justice Court Thursday on felony drug charges -- less than 24 hours after the man was involved, but not charged, in a separate incident involving methamphetamine and firearms.
Around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Ezra Montclair, 33, and another woman were stopped in Bozeman when their driver, Jason Sullivan, was arrested after firearms and meth were found in his possession. Montclair and the woman were not charged.
Later Wednesday night, around 11:30 p.m., Montclair and the woman were stopped again in Bozeman, in a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Tina Dale.
Dale allegedly failed to signal a turn on West Oak Street and slid past the driveway she was attempting to enter, prompting a traffic stop by an officer on patrol.
According to court documents, the officer learned after checking IDs that Montclair and the third woman were with Sullivan at the time of his arrest the night before. Dale told the officer that she was on parole and had a history of drug use.
The three gave permission for a search of the vehicle and their possessions, which the officer conducted with his canine partner. The canine detected the odor of dangerous drugs coming from the vehicle.
The officer searched a purse belonging to Dale and a tool bag belonging to Montclair. Both contained drug paraphernalia and a white crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. The two were arrested for possession of dangerous drugs.
Dale has a criminal history including charges for issuing bad checks and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. Her bail was set at $15,000.
Montclair has no prior criminal record. His bail was set at $5,000. Both he and Dale were given a preliminary hearing date of Feb. 2.