Just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, a Missoula Police Officer was attempting to locate the owner of a vehicle whose trunk was left open at the Broadway Inn. Hotel staff indicated they thought hotel guest, 41-year-old Matthew Jones, might be associated with the vehicle.

The officer recognized Jones’ name, knew he was associated with drug activity, and possibly absconding from probation. Dispatch confirmed that Jones was on probation, and also that he had an outstanding arrest warrant. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“The officer contacted his probation officer who authorized the officer to make contact with Jones and take him into custody for his parole violation,” Welsh said. “The officers went to the door, announced themselves, and knocked several times. However, no one would answer. The obtained a key and were able to open the door a couple of inches. However, there was an internal locking mechanism that prevented them from opening the door completely.”

The officers saw Jones and instructed him to open the door, but he refused.

“He ran into a bathroom where the officers began to hear a toilet flushing over and over, indicating that he may have been destroying evidence,” Welsh said. “Officers forced entry into the room and took Jones into custody. The officers conducted a search of the room where they recovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, small amounts of methamphetamine and heroin, and a large quantity of cash, indicating possible drug sales.”

Officers found two small scales, a clear glass pipe, three small butane torches, hypodermic needles, heroin, meth, and $4,660 in cash.

Jones was charged with four separate felony offenses including tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, criminal possession with intent to distribute, unlawful use or possession of property subject to criminal forfeiture, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

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