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Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 10:00 am

PONDERAY — An investigation into a noise complaint at an apartment building early Saturday morning bloomed into a felony drug investigation.

Erica Ashley Crouch, 20; Jesse Alan Johnson, 25; and Muhammed Ali Mujtaba, 24, are charged with trafficking marijuana after nearly 5 pounds of the drug were discovered in the apartment.

The suspects were ordered held Monday with bail set at $50,000 each. Public defenders have been appointed to represent the defendants, court records show.

Ponderay Police were summoned to the 500 block of Larkspur after receiving a report of excessive noise and possibly marijuana use. An officer said in his report that he was greeted by the “overpowering” odor of pot when the door was opened and offered to ticket, instead of arresting, them if they gave up their stash, a probable cause affidavit states.

An undisclosed amount of pot was turned over, but officers remained suspicious and ultimately obtained a search warrant, court documents said. The search turned up several gallon-sized re-sealable bags filled with marijuana, a scale and a makeshift ledger listing names and sums of money.

More than $400 in cash was recovered and a  backpack in the apartment allegedly held sandwich bags containing measured amounts of pot, the affidavit said.

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  • Luv83864 posted at 7:55 pm on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    I didn't say any names, I nor imlply i would want anything negative to heppen to anyone. i simply mentioned one of the crimes that one of them has been convicted of. I never wish negativity upon others. I do wish that people take responsibilty for themselves. Now you made a very good point that just because someone is labeled with a crime it doesn't tell the story. However there are few stories that make certain charges seem justified in anywayor make. i am open minded and i have thought of one secnerio in this case. I have compassion for everyone and I pray this is the last time they run into the law. Even if their employee introduced them to drugs and drinking, what would that matter? It would sure be sad and disgusting but I know alot of people who unbelievably self centered and look one ways hitch is for themselves. I also am not trying to imply or offend anyway, I was basically asking MrLitsinger if he ever believes people can change? I wish marijuana was legal so our time, money and resources wouldn't be wasted on things like this.

  • whinewhinewhine posted at 1:39 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    whinewhinewhine Posts: 80

    I'm not sure why the word prison is even used here. None of these three will go to prison over 5 pounds of weed. Even with Mujtaba's prior felony conviction at most he'll do a program. The law in Idaho regarding marijuana is what it is. The law has consequences. We all know it. These three know it. I support legalization primarily because of the control and ability to tax the drug. It's a safer scenario for law enforcement as well. The fact remains though that it is illegal. Don't like it? You have options.

    @ MichaelN - Don't expect the Judicial System's outcome on this case to give you enough information to pass judgement. It's a broken system and you will never know the facts unless you were there. I would feel more comfortable laying faith in the report from the guy that knocked on the door as long as I find him credible.

  • wilson posted at 9:30 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    wilson Posts: 1076

    Drak - you are absolutely right - Obama should be in prison - just because he was a Chicago thug should not make him exempt -
    If these three are possible productive members of society fine-- if they are tattooed and pierced which makes them unemployable in decent jobs, they are obviously headed for a seriously tough existence.

  • MichaelN posted at 6:08 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    MichaelN Posts: 502

    Drak14: you are absolutely correct. I do not know that these three people are guilty of anything. I just know they have been arrested for such crimes. I'll go ahead and wait for the results from the Judicial System to further make any judgments. From what is written in the article above, if it smells like pot, looks like, pot, and is obviously pot, it probably is pot. But thanks for pointing out that I have actually no clue that it is actually a crime until the lawyers get a hold of the case. Kids, NOT!

  • Drak14 posted at 4:08 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Drak14 Posts: 4

    "Prisons are where you go when you break the law"- MichaelN

    If that were true more than half the politicians in Washington would be there. Prisons are where poor and unconnected people go. Prisons are where homeless veterans go. Prisons are where people get beat up and raped and "kids" are forced into gangs and come home (that would be here to your neighborhood) all hard and violent.

    How do you Mr MichaelN know these youngsters were on drugs? They have not been found guilty of anything yet. How do you Mr. MichaelN know it wasn't their employers who got them onto drugs and alcohol? President Obama, the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the country broke marijuana laws and he didn't go to prison. Why should these poor citizens go to prison?

    I hope and pray that this community will have mercy on these poor, confused youngsters.

  • MichaelN posted at 2:17 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    MichaelN Posts: 502

    Prisons are where you go when you break the law. Kids? Maybe if they were 18 or younger. They are not kids anymore. I wonder if their employers in this town knew that they were using drugs and how accepting they would have been of the fact. Drak14, I appreciate your compassion here, but they knew what they were doing and they got caught. There are consequences to breaking the rules and I'll bet my last dollar all three of them knew what the consequences were. Time to pay the piper. I will find it hard to embrace kids like this. I can find many other kids in this community to embrace that need or want it.

  • Drak14 posted at 12:58 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Drak14 Posts: 4

    I hope this community will pray for these young people. I pray that the community will embrace them rather than turn away from them. As previously posted all three of these citizens were working here in the local community paying taxes and contributing to the community in many ways before they were arrested.

    This country's moral ethic is in a state of schizophrenia. These kids are the confused victims of this state of moral schizophrenia. They need positive community mentors and jobs that pay their bills and feeds their kids. Of course they should be punished, But not hated and cast away to prisons which will confuse them even more and make them yet a heavier burden on society.

  • Drak14 posted at 12:45 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Drak14 Posts: 4

    None of the defendants in this case appear on any sex offender registry. Libel is a crime. And if any one of these defendants (Whom are now presumed innocent of these charges) are harmed while incarcerated because of your posts here on this thread, you may find yourself in trouble.

  • whinewhinewhine posted at 7:29 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    whinewhinewhine Posts: 80

    Sucks you can't control other people's comments on here huh? I agree you need to be very careful assuming that what you read on the Idaho Repository is what you think it is. Giving Jesse a tag of Rape when it's far from the truth is definitely not cool. The Idaho Repository doesn't give a whole lot of information on it. I've got one for you, we all make stupid mistakes but do you think there's a correlation when they involve drugs? Muhammad was lucky before when he was shooting into the drug dealers apartment and missed an old lady by 2 feet. Maybe it would be better for him that he was still on parole. Looks like he needs his hand held some more.

  • Jason Smith posted at 6:55 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Jason Smith Posts: 67

    If you are to sell marijuana and contribute tax dollars then it seems logical to get a federal EIN # and run it as a buisness in another state like Washington or Colorado. Your three "fn" friends are stupid for thinking they are doing things in the right light with a controversial but still illegal in Idaho and federal. I know this as I am from Sandpoint but now live in Billings Montana, and am owner of the oldest medical marijuana shop in Montana, and the first person in the country to recieve a federal EIN, and the last medical facility in Billings. I hope Idaho will one day revisit thier view on marijuana since it is a victimless crime with great medical potential, (there is a federal program). In the meantime I hope your name is not on that list "razzle".

  • Luv83864 posted at 2:02 pm on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Dark14- if they had jobs that is great, it's a condition or probation. One also plead guilty to one charge of RAPE and another dismissed. I'm sorry to say this because its true but what we put out as people , usually come aback around. It a appears one of the trio has a child and it's defiantly sad this child may miss out on time when their mother but then again it may serve a purpose and teach valuable lessons. I always think would I like this done to me or what I'm doing may affect someone else before I do it unless I'm being totally emotional minded. I can't see bringing 5lbs of marijuana into an apartment as an emotional motivated decision, maybe money? Paying taxes is great because that's what a responsible citizen does and all jobs require people pay taxes. They also have to consider if the risks they take are worth it. Pros and cons to every situation.

  • Drak14 posted at 12:16 pm on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Drak14 Posts: 4

    These three citizens, Erica, Jesse and Mujtaba (Moosh) were working locally, paying taxes and contributing to the community and society in many ways before they were arrested. Now, these young people may be sent to prison with your tax dollars. Where they may be raped, will undoubtedly become hardened and may be forced to join gangs just to survive. That way you and others will always have someone to hate. Better hope the tide never changes and Alcohol is recognized as a class 1 controlled substance.

  • Jigger posted at 10:31 am on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Jigger Posts: 149

    These losers should be jailed and taught a lesson

  • Luv83864 posted at 7:29 pm on Wed, Dec 26, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Ok so the second one of the listed is kind of a bad rap sheet especially considered one "R" charge was dismissed. Sad for people so young.
    ? Who rented to them? How did they get an apartment?

  • Luv83864 posted at 7:22 pm on Wed, Dec 26, 2012.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    Bill, is a seed always a bad one on your mind once someone meets your criteria to be preceded a loser for life? Do you no think rehabilitation is possible? I agree you can't force anyone but at some point living as they have in their young lives seems like it might get old and they would want to better themselves? Has your sons never made a mistake? Have you not ever made a mistake and regretted it? To me me marijuana isn't something our police should be actively pursuing, although I realize it was right under their noses. I don't think it was quite fair to make a deal, I will just write a ticket if give up your stash. Tricker for what the neighbors complaining about noise? Write a ticket or arrest for disturbing police. They should have took a ride to jail on the disturbing the peace. His intention is clear to me, it gave him the proof the drugs existed so he could get a search warrant. Actively pursuing meth, child mole shots, sex offenders and hefty ongoing warrants seem like better serving to us citizens. Get the money already owed from bench warrants and fines.

  • Bill Litsinger posted at 3:01 pm on Wed, Dec 26, 2012.

    Bill Litsinger Posts: 1394

    If you check out the rap sheet for these 3 losers you can safely say they will all be a burden to society for the rest of their lives. For those that think guns are worse for society than drugs/alcohol just look at these three criminals. They started young and will continue this type of anti social conduct for as long as society allows them to.

    Wonder what they will cost to incarcerate and take care of for the rest of their lives.

    Possibly they could be sent to the Russian front.