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Glass pleads guilty to criminal possession

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POLSON — A Polson man who risked a potentially fatal overdose by attempting to conceal illegal drugs inside his body has admitted to possessing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Jimmy Justin Glass, 41, was booked into the Lake County jail on New Year’s Eve. He entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on April 6 to felony charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. A charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence is to be dismissed at sentencing.

According to charging documents, on Dec. 30, 2021, law enforcement officers were paged out to a report of loud music coming from a newer white Toyota 4 Runner parked at a trailer park in Pablo. The responding officers observed the suspected white Toyota traveling away from the trailer park and could hear loud music coming from it. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the Toyota. Glass was identified as the driver. He told the officer that he was on probation from Idaho and was the designated driver as his passengers were consuming alcohol. The officer placed Glass under arrest and brought him to the Lake County jail. Meanwhile, a passenger of the Toyota indicated that Glass was trafficking counterfeit fentanyl pills into Lake County from out of state. A foul odor in the Toyota led investigators to believe that someone may have attempted to hide pills inside their body.

Back at the jail, detention staff had Glass relieve himself in a dry toilet. That’s when they allegedly located a baggie containing blue fentanyl pills and other non-bagged, or “loose” fentanyl pills. Prosecutor James Lapokta wrote in charging documents that Glass “risked fatally overdosing by concealing pills in his anus to avoid being caught.”

The plea agreement calls for a three-year commitment to the Montana Department of corrections.

Judge James Manley set sentencing for May 25.

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