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Spokane Couple In-Custody for Drug and Theft Charges

Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office

On Sunday, the Lewiston Police Department was notified of a missing 2022 Roadrunner Cargo trailer in Lewiston. LPD issued an alert to surrounding agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen trailer. An ISP Trooper was patrolling near the Lewiston Hill on US 95 when she observed the alleged stolen trailer being pulled by an unlicensed GMC Sierra. ISP conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and began investigating the stolen trailer. During the investigation, Troopers were able to confirm the VIN on the trailer as being stolen. While speaking with the driver, James H Lairmore (48 yoa, Spokane) and the passenger, Dana M Rupp (42 yoa, Spokane), investigating officers learned Mr. Lairmore allegedly had needles on his person that contained suspected drugs and a black case with suspect methamphetamine inside. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a pair of bolt cutters, ball cap with a long wig sewn into it, an ignition for a Chevrolet HHR, and a stolen license plate out of Washington State. Officers also found inside the vehicle, several pieces of burn foil with residue, cotton, and empty pen straws was located. Officers located a black wallet with a small baggies of suspected methamphetamine inside along with Ms. Rupp’s expired Washington Driver’s License. In an interview, Ms. Rupp allegedly admitted to smoking Fentanyl earlier in the day. Mr. Lairmore and Ms. Rupp were arrested and taken to the Nez Perce County Detention Center for processing. While Detention Deputies were booking Ms. Rupp into jail, two baggies were allegedly discovered. The first baggie containing a single pill believed to be Viagra and the second baggie containing six pills believed to be fentanyl.


In court today, the Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office filed two felony charges against Mr. Lairmore: Grand Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He is also cited for Possession of Burglarious Tools, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The Prosecutor’s Office asked for a bond of $50,000 because Mr. Lairmore lives in Spokane with no ties to the Lewiston area, prior felony history out of California and Washington State for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Attempt to Elude, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. His criminal history also shows prior parole violations, arrest warrants for failing to comply, and being a fugitive of justice. Records indicated that Mr. Lairmore has recently been released from prison as well. Magistrate Judge Merica ordered a bond of $50,000. “The Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office reminds everyone that these charges are merely an accusation and the individuals remain innocent until proven guilty.” The other defendant, Ms. Rupp also appeared in court today. The Prosecutor’s Office filed three felony charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance- Fentanyl, and Introduction of Major Contraband into a Correctional Facility. The Prosecutor’s Office asked for a bond of $10,000 because Ms. Rupp did not show any criminal history or prior arrest warrants for missing court. She also does not appear to have any ties to the Lewiston area. Magistrate Judge Merica ordered a bond of $5,000.


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