Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On May 16, 2024, at approximately 10:13 AM, Missoula Police Department Officers were in Ogren Field providing security for Parks and Recreation Code Compliance employees during a camp clean-up. The officers advised occupants of the camps that they needed to pack up their belongings and move so the department could clean.  

A male became outraged and began screaming at the officers and Parks and Recreation employees. According to court documents, the male began screaming hateful speech including the “n-word” and refused to leave the area or pack his belongings. The male then urinated in plain sight of W Broadway Street. 

The male was identified as 52-year-old James Ceehorne. Officers learned Ceehorne had an outstanding appearance-only warrant and placed him under arrest. During a search incident to arrest, an officer located a small plastic bag containing a small amount of white powdery substance in Ceehorne’s front left pocket, which he recognized to be methamphetamine based on his training and experience. 

Ceehorne stated he was a Type 2 Diabetic and that he needed his medication. With Ceehorne’s consent, another officer retrieved Ceehorne’s backpack from his tent. While looking for Ceehorne’s medication, an officer observed several syringes.  

An officer transported Ceehorne to the Missoula County Detention Facility and asked which medication he needed to take with him. Ceehorne stated he needed his insulin pens, pen needles, lancets, and glucose testing kit from his backpack.  

An inventory search was conducted on Ceehorne’s backpack which revealed nine syringes, four pink solution containers containing sterile sodium chloride solution, and a black electronic scale.  

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Being a diabetic himself, the officer noted the difference between Ceehorne’s pen needles for insulin injections and the syringes he discovered. He suspected the syringes to be used for the injection of methamphetamine and knew users of dangerous drugs to mix their drugs with the sterile solution to inject themselves. The officer used the TruNarc narcotics device to test the suspected methamphetamine, which yielded a positive result. 

Ceehorne is currently being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, and obstructing a peace officer. 

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable. 

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