Soldotna woman gives teenager meth, marijuana

A 21-year-old Soldotna woman has been charged with giving a 15-year-old methamphetamine.


Darrin McHone remains in Wildwood Correctional Center’s pretrial facility on charges of first- and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, as well as multiple charges stemming from another case.


McHone allegedly gave the teenager meth and marijuana, according to court records.


On Dec. 17, McHone gave the teen, who frequented her apartment, a “small baggy with meth in it” and “a couple of bowls” of marijuana, according to court records.


Investigation began when police received a tip from a confidential source who said meth possibly was traded for babysitting McHone’s two children at her residence. It was later discovered the teen asked for meth, according to court records.  


Knowingly providing a controlled substance to a person under 19 is a class B or unclassified felony under state law.


A separate case involving McHone includes theft and hindering prosecution. Charges include second-degree theft, two counts of first-degree hindering prosecution and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.


Alaska State Troopers impounded a 1989 Nissan Pathfinder after a vehicle and foot chase on Dec 4. The driver and a passenger abandoned the vehicle near McHone’s apartment. The trooper observed four studded snow tires and a floor jack in the back of the vehicle, according to court records.


Troopers report Jerrad Effenbeck’s tires were stolen off his vehicle while parked in front of Save-U-More in Soldotna. Stereo items and hand tools were also stolen from his vehicle.


Justin C. Pelletier and Jeremy D. Whitlow were later indentified and charged with theft of the tires.


Ramona Walsh, owner of the Nissan, reported her vehicle stolen the next morning and stated Pelletier — one of the fleeing persons from the previous night — had left his cell phone in her vehicle two days earlier, according to court records.


McHone was eventually questioned at her apartment, stating she didn’t have contact with Pelletier the night of the chase or since. A search warrant was issued, and McHone’s text messages indicated communication among herself, Walsh and another. Texts revealed their subsequent plan to report the vehicle stolen, according to court records.


McHone’s combination bail totals $11,000.


Her trial is scheduled for March 19 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Jerzy Shedlock can be reached at jerzy.shedlock@peninsulaclarion.com.

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