California woman charged for pound of meth in car


A California woman was arrested Thursday after Idaho State Police found more than a pound of methamphetamine in her car during a traffic stop.

Brittany Lonje Jones, 31, was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate 15 near Idaho Falls. The state trooper reported in a court affidavit that Jones was visibly nervous, shaking and had bloodshot eyes. Jones told the trooper she was driving to Montana.

The trooper called a K-9 unit to check the car. Jones became increasingly nervous after the dog arrived, and asked to make a phone call, a state police news release said.

The dog indicated it detected drugs in the vehicle. The drugs were found in a vacuum-sealed food package under the back seat. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and weighed 1.257 pounds, with an estimated value of $8,000 to $10,000. The meth was sent to the Idaho State Forensic Lab for further testing.

Jones was booked into Bonneville County Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 29. Bond was set at $150,000.

Jones was charged with trafficking in 400 grams or more of methamphetamine, punishable with a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. She was also charged with driving under the influence with a second offense enhancement, punishable with up to a year in jail and a license suspension for one year.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.