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TWIN FALLS • A 37-year-old man is in jail after he dropped a baggie of meth at a convenience store and walked away, police say.

Police arrested Paul Ward, of Twin Falls, =on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine. He was arraigned on the felony charge Tuesday in Twin Falls County Court.

A police report gives this account:

Ward walked into the Mr. Gas at 911 Blue Lakes Blvd. N. about 8 p.m. Friday

The cashier who called police said she recognized Ward from his job tying balloons into animal shapes at a local restaurant.

She said Ward approached the counter to pay for a soda when a plastic baggie fell out of his left front pocket. When couldn’t find any money, he left the store on a bicycle.

The cashier swept the bag, containing a crystal substance, under a floor mat with her foot and called police.

Officer Clint Doerr arrived, tested the substance with a field kit and confirmed it was meth.

Doerr was driving away from Ward’s last known address, in the 700 block of Harrison Street, when he saw Ward ride by on a bicycle about 10:15 p.m.

Doerr turned his car around, and Ward stopped. “Mr. Ward then, without request, handed me his state issued identification and informed me that he is currently on probation,” Doerr wrote in the report.

Doerr told Ward he was investigating meth found at Mr. Gas. Ward said he’d been at Mr. Gas earlier that day and uses meth. He handed Doerr a plastic straw with meth residue on it, a glass vial and two used syringes.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10.




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