Edward Christopher Abrego

Edward Christopher Abrego

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Edward Abrego’s bail was set at $10,000 in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday after he allegedly lied to an officer about his identity and then was found with 2.8 grams of heroin during a Friday traffic stop.

Abrego, 24, was in the back seat of a pulled-over car on July 15 when he twice gave police a phony identity. When other people in the car provided Abrego's real name, the officer found Abrego had warrants out for his arrest in Washington and Montana, according to the affidavit.

When Abrego heard he was under arrest, he locked his door and pulled a black baggie from his breast pocket which he then threw out the window, according to the affidavit. Abrego allegedly admitted that he had recently used heroin and, according to the affidavit, heroin was found in the baggie.

Abrego is being charged with felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and misdemeanors for obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest.

Deputy Missoula County Attorney Selene Koepke said Abrego has a criminal history in Illinois, Washington and Montana and a warrant out for his arrest in Hill County for failing to comply with a sentencing order.

His bail was set at $585 for the Hill County warrant, and $10,000 in Missoula County due to what Koepke termed his danger of being a "high flight risk." If he posts his bond, Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway said Abrego must be monitored for drug use.

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