Woman denies methamphetamine possession with intent to distribue

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, August 9, 2018

A woman has denied possession methamphetamine to sell.

Tana Jane Tilton, 59, appeared in district court recently and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Trouble for Tilton began the evening of June 22 when she was a passenger in a vehicle that drew the attention of a MHP trooper in Park City. When MHP Trooper Brett Riesinger ran the plate on the vehicle, it showed the owner had an active arrest warrant out of Billings and also had an officer caution for safety, regarding the man’s “known abuse of drugs and violent tendencies,” according to court documents.

After requesting backup, Trooper Riesenger questioned the driver and issued citations for driving with a suspended license and lack of insurance. Tilton was also questioned and while putting her license back into her purse, troopers saw a syringe that Tilton claimed belonged to her diabetic daughter, according to court documents.

The man and Tilton gave consent to search their vehicle and trailer, but Tilton would not consent to a search of her purse. A search warrant was obtained and the following items were discovered in the vehicles: A plastic wrapper with a brown crystal-like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, two syringes, a digital scale and small bag of individual plastic baggies.

Tilton then allowed troopers to search her purse, telling them she had more meth in her bag. Two clear baggies of methamphetamine that weighed a total of 8.12 grams were in the purse, according to court documents.