Probation, drug treatment ordered in methamphetamine case | Cops/Courts

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A Hailey woman has been sentenced to 3 years probation and is scheduled to undergo an intensive outpatient drug treatment program following a guilty plea for methamphetamine possession.

Karissa Reann Belieu, 27, was arrested on January 8, 2021, after selling methamphetamine to a confidential informant monitored by law enforcement. According to a probable cause of arrest affidavit written by Blaine County Sheriff’s Detective Kristen Quinton, Belieu sold methamphetamine – 1.75 grams – to Ketchum’s informant for $1,125.

Belieu was initially facing a felony charge of delivering methamphetamine, a felony in Idaho punishable by life in prison and a $25,000 fine. In November, she pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of drug possession, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years and a $15,000 fine, as part of a plea deal.

At sentencing on January 24, Fifth District Judge Ned Williamson placed Belieu on 3 years of supervised probation with a sentence not to exceed 5 years and gave him a 4-month prison term, with credit complete for the time already served. He also ordered him to pay $722 in public defender, drug testing and law enforcement reimbursement costs, $285 in court costs and $100 in lab test costs.

As part of his probation, Belieu must perform 100 hours of community service, receive at least nine hours of intensive outpatient treatment per week according to American Society of Addiction Medicine guidelines, and have no contact with the confidential informant.

Court records indicate that Belieu violated his release conditions four times. Defense attorney Keith Roark, however, argued during her sentencing hearing that the 126 days she had already served in the Blaine County jail made up for her breach of release conditions.

On January 24, Williamson said he had found necessary treatment and asked Belieu to seriously consider Blaine County Drug Court. Roark told the court that Belieu planned to leave Blaine County, and Belieu confirmed that she arranged for treatment in Twin Falls.

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