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Havre thief and dealer sentenced for drug manufacture


December 22, 2017

A recently sentenced thief and meth dealer was sentenced for more offenses Monday in District Court in Havre.

Zachariah Lee Ambler of Havre, born in 1995, was sentenced to five years, all suspended, with the Department of Corrections for felony criminal production or manufacture of dangerous drugs; a three-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony criminal child endangerment; and six months in the county jail, all suspended, for misdemeanor theft.

The sentence is part of a plea deal that dropped misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ambler was sentenced Nov. 27 in District Court to five years with the DOC for felony burglary, felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and felony theft.

A Safe Trails Tri-Agency Task Force agent was told by an informant Feb. 5, 2016, that Ambler was selling marijuana and hash oil, or “wax,” out of his Havre apartment. The informant told police they had bought pills, a pound of pot and wax from Ambler in the past.

The informant said Ambler has children in the residence and he has sold narcotics with children present.

Agents applied for and were granted Feb. 10 a search warrant for Ambler’s residence.

Haley M. Kelm, Ambler’s girlfriend at the time, admitted she had flushed marijuana and some hash down the toilet before they got there.

Agents discovered paraphernalia and drugs in the house — four razors with hash residue, a glass blow tube and four total digital scales, one found in the bedroom believed to be the children’s. Agents also found hash residue on the countertops, one gram of hash oil, 47 items of hash oil manufacture paraphenalia, three propane tanks, two propane torch adapters, two butane torches, and 17 pipes and bongs.

Kelm later told police Ambler made hash in the house and she knew how dangerous that was. She said he sold marijuana because he didn’t have a job at the time. Kelm told police a 55-inch TV and an Xbox that were in the house were stolen.

Kelm received in March a two-year deferred imposition of sentence for felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a felony.


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