Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, a Missoula Police Department officer observed a vehicle driving without rear lights and conducted a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled to the side of Reserve Street near South 3rd Street West. The officer observed an open beer bottle in a front cup holder, which the male passenger immediately claimed as his. Detective Lieutenant Eddie McLean explains.

“The driver was identified as Megan Baughman and the passenger was identified as Jake McClurg,” McLean said. “Other officers ended up responding. A probation officer was contacted because both individuals were on probation. As a stipulation of that probation, neither could possess alcohol.”

In addition, the officers determined that McClurg has multiple open felony cases pending. The probation officer requested a search of the vehicle and both probationers’ belongings.

“Various drug and paraphernalia items were located within the vehicle, as a result of that search,” McLean said. “Baughman was determined to be in possession of over four grams of methamphetamine, heroin, and some pills. The composition of the pills still needs to be confirmed. McClurg possessed over seven grams of methamphetamine. Both were arrested and transported to the Missoula County Detention Facility.”

According to court documents, Baughman admitted to possession of methamphetamine and heroin in her purse. A black pellet handgun was also located in the purse.

McClurg denied ownership of the drugs in his vehicle. However, he did not have an explanation for how or when anyone else could have put the backpack containing the drugs in his vehicle.

Both Baughman and McClurg are currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

On March 31, 2021, McClurg was arrested for having over four grams of meth, numerous hypodermic needles, and a scale.

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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