Whitefish man denies new drug charges

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A Whitefish man who already has denied allegations that he and another man attempted to mail drugs through FedEx has denied a new drug charge.

Christopher Ferrari, 38, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Flathead District Court to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

According to a court document, Ferrari consented to a search of his vehicle during an April 30 traffic stop. That search allegedly turned up a prescription bottle with someone else’s name on it, containing two morphine pills. A pair of hydrocodone pills also allegedly were found in the vehicle.

The document goes on to allege that the prescription bottle was supposed to contain 7.5-milligram hydrocodone pills. However, the hydrocodone pills found loose in the vehicle were allegedly 5-milligram pills. The morphine pills were reportedly 50-milligram pills.

In his prior case, Ferrari is charged alongside Kalispell resident Scott Lee Davis, 38, with felony conspiracy in the criminal distribution of dangerous drugs after FedEx employees intercepted a package containing one quarter ounce of a white crystalline substance believed to be meth, 26 pills identified as 10-milligram oxycodone and 20 pills identified as 20-milligram oxycodone.

Davis was arrested after showing up at the office to claim the package and Ferrari was arrested after being given directions by Davis — provided to him by police — to a location where he was allegedly supposed to receive the package from Davis.

If convicted of all his charges, Ferrari faces between two years and life plus 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000. He is currently released on bond.

Ferrari’s next hearing in the new case is July 17. His next hearing in the case with Davis is set for June 26.

Davis faces between two years and life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 if convicted, as well as a suspended sentence of up to 12 years to run consecutively to any sentence in the drug case due to potential violation of his probation in three prior cases.

He has entered general denials to the alleged violation of those sentences, and the next hearing on the possible revocations is set for July 11. His next hearing in the new case is June 26.

Reporter Jesse Davis may be reached at 758-4441 or by email at jdavis@dailyinterlake.com.

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