Weedmark facing theft and drug charges in Great Falls
Dec 19, 2017 1:07 PM
By: MTN News
James Dean Weedmark, Jr
James Dean Weedmark, Jr., is facing several charges after he allegedly stole electronics from a Walmart store in Great Falls.
According to court documents, surveillance video from the Walmart store on the east side of town shows Weedmark "forcibly removing several high value electronic items" from their packaging, and then wrapping the devices in aluminum foil and hiding them in his coat.
The total value of the items was $1,709.25.
The surveillance video showed Weedmark leaving the store parking lot in a white pickup truck, which a police officer found in the driveway of Weedmark's residence.
When questioned by investigators, Weedmark initially denied stealing anything or even being at Walmart. When he was told that he was seen on store surveillance video, Weedmark said that he did not have possession of the stolen items. He then admitted being at the store, but said he got "cold feet" and put the items back.
A probation search was conducted of Weedmark's residence, and officers found a black fanny pack, two digital scales, and a plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance. Weedmark reportedly denied the items belonged to him, and then said the white substance was not meth, but rather a nutritional suppplement that needed to be crushed and weighed. The investigating officer, based on experience and training, believed the substance to be meth. The items were sent to the State Crime Lab for analysis.
Weedmark has been charged with felony theft, felony possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Court documents state that Weedmark is currently on probation, and he has convictions in Cascade County for theft, bail-jumping, forgery, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.