65-year-old man arrested in Nez Perce County for allegedly trafficking meth and heroin | Idaho


LEWISTON – Three people were arrested, including one person now accused of drug trafficking, after surveillance video captured a woman allegedly smoking a substance from foil on the grounds of the Clearwater River Casino.

According to court documents, a Nez Perce County Sheriff's deputy was called to the area of ​​the Clearwater River Casino around 2:07 a.m. Friday on a report that a woman was observed allegedly smoking a piece of aluminum foil, which police say is a common method for fentanyl consumption.

When an officer arrived in the area, the white 2023 Dodge pickup truck with California plates that had been linked to the incident was spotted heading west. According to documents, the vehicle did not have working taillights. A traffic stop was initiated. Another officer went to the casino to review surveillance footage.

The deputy made contact with the driver, 65-year-old Mark H. Hug, who presented a Washington driver's license. In the passenger seat was a woman identified as 50-year-old Emma Swett, also of Washington. A man in the back seat was identified as 31-year-old Cody D. Clark of Spokane.

A short time later, the evidence of suspected drug consumption was confirmed by a video recording in the casino.

Court documents state that officers searched the pickup truck and found a large blue duffel bag, which was later determined to be Hug's property. The bag was believed to contain methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and a Smith & Wesson pistol – loaded with five rounds of ammunition. All items were confiscated.

During the search, a backpack containing further suspected methamphetamine was also found and confiscated.

The total weight of methamphetamine seized was reportedly 33.07 grams. The total weight of heroin was 27.3 grams. Additionally, a total of 91 fentanyl tablets were seized.

All three were arrested and taken to the Nez Perce County Jail.

When he was arrested, a wallet was found under Hug's shirt, which documents say contained over $18,000. Due to the amount of drugs found, Hug was charged with trafficking meth and heroin. Hug was also charged with possession of fentanyl.

Swett and Clark were also charged with possession of fentanyl.

At court hearings on Friday, Hug's bail was set at $50,000, while Swett and Clark were released without bail.