For Vader City Councilor Rodney Allison, the charge of methamphetamine possession after a routine traffic stop last November came out of thin air.
For the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office, evidence of a small plastic bag with a white crystalline substance in it vanished into thin air.
On Thursday, Lewis County Prosecutor Michael Golden said his office will no longer seek a drug charge against Allison because it could not prove whether the meth was found in a pocket of Allison's clothing or on the floor near him at the Lewis County Jail. The drug charge has been dropped due to a lack of a written report from the corrections officer who booked the councilor.
On July 20, Allison's defense attorney Don Blair claimed the meth was found on the floor of the jail and not in his client's clothing, contradicting a report written by the Vader policeman who arrested Allison.
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Despite the Washington State Crime Lab in early February confirming the white substance in the bag was meth, and the Vader policeman's report saying it was found on Allison's person, the charge depended on the corrections officer's corroboration - and the corrections officer doesn't remember how the meth was found.
"If they had followed procedure, at least I'd be able to refresh the memory of the corrections officer," Golden said.
Allison's trial had been rescheduled for Aug. 23, but on Wednesday, the Lewis County Jail issued a property log that does not reference a plastic bag with a white substance. The arresting officer's report didn't mention the property log.
Golden said his office had to drop the charge because of a lack of reference to contraband in the property log and the correction officer's lack of memory of the search and failure to write a report.
Allison did not immediately return calls and messages left on his cell phone Thursday for comment. In April he expressed surprise at the charge.
"I don't know how it came about," Allison said. "I never had it on me."