Drug arrest made after search warrant executed at Idaho Falls hotel

Two adults were taken into custody by Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday after discovering fentanyl pills and cocaine in a hotel room.

In the midst of an ongoing investigation, authorities were granted a search warrant for a hotel room located at the Le Ritz Hotel on Lindsay Blvd. in Idaho Falls. At approximately 11:00 a.m., deputies, along with an officer from the Idaho Falls Police Department, entered the room and apprehended three individuals. Among them were Sadie Jo Richards, 26, from Idaho Falls, and Gustavo Sedano-Olivas, 30, from Tetonia.

As a safety measure, Sedano-Olivas was found asleep on the bed and exhibiting several symptoms of narcotics use, prompting Idaho Falls Ambulance to be contacted for examination.

During a room inspection, deputies discovered a carry bag that they believed belonged to Richards. Upon examining the bag, they found drug paraphernalia, a small baggie containing slightly over half a gram of cocaine, and two separate baggies with multiple fentanyl or “Dirty 30” pills inside, weighing a total of more than six grams. Another bag, that appeared to belong to Sedano-Olivas, was also found to contain drug paraphernalia and four separate baggies with multiple fentanyl “Dirty 30” pills inside, weighing more than 80 grams in total. Along with the narcotics and paraphernalia, just over $1,000 in cash was also discovered and seized as evidence.

After conducting a thorough investigation, the authorities decided to release the third male present in the hotel room. However, they will continue to probe his connection to the incident.

After being taken into custody, Richards was transferred to the Bonneville County Jail. The authorities booked her on two serious charges, namely possession of fentanyl and possession of cocaine. Additionally, she was also charged with a misdemeanor for having drug paraphernalia.

Once Sedano-Olivas was given the all-clear by the ambulance staff, he was taken to the Bonneville County Jail and charged with several offenses. These included two existing felony warrants, a third warrant for failing to appear at a hearing, and a new felony count for possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, as well as a misdemeanor charge for possessing drug paraphernalia.

Law enforcement in Bonneville County has seized over 100,000 fentanyl pills this year, and a recent incident has added to this alarming figure. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office is urging the public to be aware that fentanyl is a highly lethal substance, which has been a contributing factor in several overdose cases and deaths in the area over the past few years. It’s crucial to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to avoid any potential risks associated with this drug.

Law enforcement officials are encouraging the public to take steps to become more informed about the dangers of illegal drugs, particularly Fentanyl. It is crucial to educate both yourself and your children on the risks associated with these substances.

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