Printed on: February 19, 2014

Man arrested for pills

By ALI TADAYON
atadayon@postregister.com

The Idaho State Police reportedly found $55,000 worth of prescription drugs in a Las Vegas man's car during a routine traffic stop at 12:52 a.m. Tuesday.

Deangelo Hankston, 31, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on two felony counts

of intent to deliver a controlled substance -- hydrocodone and oxycodone pills -- as well as driving without privileges and possession of marijuana, according to an Idaho State Police news release.

State troopers pulled over Hankston and his two passengers in the northbound lanes of Interstate 15 near milepost 118 in Idaho Falls. Lt. Chris Weadick said the trooper who stopped Hankston believed he had recently smoked marijuana. The trooper called the Bonneville County sheriff's K-9 unit to search the car. The search found 1,784 oxycodone pills and 195 hydrocodone pills, the news release said.

Initially, the passengers were taken into custody but were later released after prosecutors decided not to press charges.

Hankston remained in custody Tuesday with bond at $53,000. A preliminary hearing is at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver is punishable by up to life in prison.