A 34-year-old Hailey man was sentenced this month to three years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of methamphetamine possession in October last.
Jacob Emil Bunce, 34, was given a five-year suspended prison sentence on January 10, including three fixed years and two indeterminate years. In addition to his hours of probation and ordained community service, he must attend Blaine County Drug Court, an intensive program that includes group therapy, frequent appearances before a judge, and scrupulous drug testing.
Fifth District Judge Ned Williamson also ordered Bunce to pay a $5,000 fine with a $4,000 suspended sentence, $285 in court costs, $100 in DNA testing costs and $97 in restitution to the law enforcement. He faces an underlying sentence of up to 60 days in discretionary jail for violating a probation term or condition.
Bunce was originally charged on April 7, 2021 with criminal possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The latter charge was dismissed as part of the plea deal he entered into on October 18.
Bunce’s drug offenses stem from a traffic stop in Bellevue last April. According to a probable cause of arrest affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Harrison, a detective with the sheriff’s office advised Harrison on April 6 “of a person of interest … who was driving a vehicle at engine with an expired license.”
According to the affidavit, Harrison contacted the driver of a black 2017 Chevrolet Silverado — Bunce — and informed him that his driver’s license had expired. During that interaction, Harrison saw in a center console cup holder what he suspected was drug paraphernalia used to “ingest various drugs,” the affidavit states.
After Bunce’s arrest, Harrison searched the truck and found 5 grams of methamphetamine distributed in “two small clear bags”. The drugs were seized, confirmed to be methamphetamine in a field test, and sent to the Idaho State Police lab for further analysis, Harrison wrote.
Court filings filed Jan. 10 note that Bunce has passed drug tests and demonstrated his “commitment” to overcoming his addiction since his arrest last year. ￼