Posted: Oct 29, 2012 6:21 PM by Irina Cates - KPAX News
MISSOULA - The Missoula Drug Task Force arrested Griz offensive tackle Trevor Poole, 20, for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, after they allegedly caught him buying "MDMA or molly" pills, which are commonly known as ecstasy.
The task force officers were working at the Disco Bloodbath near the Wye when prosecutors say they saw Poole exchange cash for a plastic baggie. Suspecting a drug deal, the officers approached Poole who then allegedly admitted having two ecstasy pills in his pocket and to buying the pills that night from a man who offered to sell him the drug.
The redshirt sophomore from Spokane appeared in Justice Court Monday afternoon to face the drug charge.
"He has no criminal history of any kind and he was cooperative with law enforcement, so based on all that, the state doesn't object to a release on his own recognizance," said Missoula Deputy County Attorney, Shaun Donovan.
The judge released Poole on special court conditions, but he's still indefinitely suspended from the football team.
When it comes to the enforcement at the Disco Bloodbath, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office officials say they had 8 deputies stationed near the gate of the party.
"So as people came to the event, they were very aware that there was presence by the sheriff's office there-and that was our intent," says Missoula County Sheriff's Office PIO, Detective Jason Johnson.
He says as far as crime goes, the event went better than expected and there were no DUI arrests directly related to the party. But Johnson says a 19 -year-old man cited with a minor in possession and a 17-year-old boy was picked up for being under the influence of drugs.
"That 17-year-old male had to be taken to the hospital for his condition," Johnson said.
The Disco Bloodbath organizer confirms that the several drug arrests were made on the property, but he says they try to make this event as safe as possible.
"Obviously we take every precaution possible and that's why we have such involvement from the sheriff's department, fire department, health department, sanitary, everything under the sun," says Logan Foret, the Disco Bloodbath Co-founder.
He also says they have insurance and liability coverage in place in case something does go wrong.