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Captured! Sheriff Uses Power of Social Media

By Staff | Jul 9, 2015


There was a warrant issued for Jay Houle recently for a failure to comply with a court order. Jay Houle was arrested for drug charges and preventing arrest a few months back. Judge McClintock gave Houle a bond condition that he must check into an in-patient treatment center upon release from the local jail. Houle was loose in the community and for reasons undisclosed, chose not to check himself into a treatment center.

While Houle was out on release he was being drug tested. According to Sheriff Siegler one of the tests came back positive for Methamphetamine. It was at that time according to the Sheriff that Houle decided to run, apparently to avoid bond revocation.

In addition, Houle never checked himself into treatment per a court order. At that time warrants were issued for failure to comply plus ingestion of a controlled substance. Sheriff Siegler, through investigation, heard rumors that Houle was still in the area and traveling between Rugby and Belcourt. Sheriff Siegler decided at that time to test the power of social media and create a post on Facebook. Sheriff Siegler posted Mr. Houle’s picture with a request for assistance to locate. With credible tips coming from the public Mr. Houle was able to be located, and was subsequently arrested by the Pierce County Sheriff’s department.

This post created over 80 shares on Facebook and the eventual arrest came from credible information derived from the post showing the power of social media in a multitude of arenas.

Please, always remember that all individuals are presumed innocent until proven otherwise by a court of law.

– Tribune Staff Report

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