Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle, left, and Sheriff Glen Meier stand beside the 2011 Corvette forfeited by Scott Sheehan in a drug case. Meier holds the check for $5,000 to the county drug forfeiture fund, which is used in drug enforcement activities.
Five thousand dollars has been added to the Valley County drug forfeiture fund as a result of a meth seizure from a Corvette in July. Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier and Undersheriff Vernon Buerkle accepted a check on Aug. 14 for the black 2011 Chevy Corvette.
The story began on July 6, when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the second dredge in Park Grove, where a Nashua woman said her ex-husband was shouting at her. He left, but was stopped on Highway 117 for having no plates on his Corvette. With the assistance of the Montana Highway Patrol, deputies searched the car and found methamphetamine.
Scott Robert Sheehan, 41, of Sidney, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. After the legal proceedings were over, Sheehan was ordered to forfeit the car, which he has just bought from an auto dealer in North Dakota.
There were title problems, Meier said, so Valley County Attorney Nick Murnion advised the sheriff to accept the $5,000 payment from the dealer and release the car back to him.
The drug forfeiture fund is only spent to fight drug-related activity in Valley County, Meier said. According to him, the pendulum has swung and there is now more meth appearing in the county.