Just before 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, a Missoula police officer stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of North Orange Street for speeding in the 100 block of West Main Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle failed to yield. The car stopped momentarily at a traffic light, but continued south on Orange. The officer activated his siren and the vehicle slowly came to a stop. Police Public Information Officer Travis Welsh explains.

“The officer made contact with the driver and identified him as 20-year-old Avyn Eder,” Welsh said. “Through the course of the investigation to the stop, the officer developed suspicion that Eder was in possession of drugs. Eder provided the officer with consent to search his vehicle after saying that he was a medical marijuana patient.”

Eder told the officer that there was marijuana in the car in a white envelope. The officer conducted a search and found the marijuana, but he also found additional contraband.

“The officer did discover marijuana, which based on his status he was allowed to have,” Welsh said. “However, he also found prescription medication that is controlled and that Eder did not have a prescription for. Eder was placed under arrest and he was transported to the Missoula County Detention Center for the drug related charges.”

Court documents indicate that the officer found 28 Clonazepam inside bag and a half of a Xanax pill. Clonazepam considered a Schedule IV drug. As a result, Eder was charged with one count of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Eder was also arrested on March 29, 2020, for his involvement in an alleged shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of South 5th Street West.

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