California couple arrested while transporting meth

Michael McKinnon

Angelica McKinnon

A California couple was arrested Dec. 26 after Idaho State Police found nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine in their car.

Michael Ray McKinnon, 58, and Angelica Marie McKinnon, 57, were detained by troopers near the intersection of 65th South and 45th West after they did not properly signal a turn.

According to court documents, the trooper could smell marijuana in the car, and saw a substance he suspected to be meth. When asked, Michael McKinnon confirmed the substance was meth, and said that he also had marijuana in the car.

Police searched McKinnon and found marijuana in his pockets. Angelica McKinnon was asked to exit the car, and a residue that appeared to be meth was found on her seat. A scale with crystal residue also was found in the car, along with meth and marijuana pipes.

Michael McKinnon admitted to having used meth several hours earlier, and that his wife was preparing another dose for him while he was driving.

The drugs found during the initial search included 3.35 grams of meth and 26.9 grams of marijuana.

The charges were amended after a second search found 931.1 grams (more than 2 pounds) of meth in the car. The District 1 office of the Idaho State Police informed District 6 that Angelica McKinnon was suspected of bringing shipments of meth to Idaho.

The couple was charged with drug trafficking 400 grams or more of meth, punishable with a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life, amended from an initial charge of possession of a controlled substance. They also were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors punishable with up to a year in jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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