McCay pleads guilty to criminal possession
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POLSON — A sentencing date of March 2 has been set for an Arlee man convicted of dealing heroin in Lake County. Peter Alexander McCay, 36, entered a plea of guilty at District Court in Polson on Jan. 5 to criminal possession with intent to distribute. The plea agreement calls for the state and defense to jointly recommend a 10-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with all but time served suspended.
According to court records on July 4, 2020, Ronan police observed a Jeep traveling north on US Highway 93. Police conducted a traffic stop on the Jeep as it did not have a properly working license plate lamp. McCay was identified as the driver, his driver’s license was suspended and he was wanted on an outstanding warrant. The officer conducting the traffic stop suspected McCay was under the influence and began an investigation. The investigation led to the discovery of a “large amount of cash” to which McCay gave varying explanations of how he obtained it. The officer obtained a search warrant for the Jeep. A subsequent search of the Jeep yielded various items of drug paraphernalia, two scales, and a baggie that contained 20 grams of a black tarry substance. The substance later tested positive for heroin at the state crime lab. A mobile phone containing pictures of suspected heroin was also seized from the Jeep.
Judge Deborah “Kim” Christopher ordered a pre-sentence investigation. McCay’s attorney Justin Kalmbach of Polson says the PSI will determine how much credit for time served McCay will receive.