MH man with lengthy criminal drug history 1 of 2 arrested

Photos: Nicholas Koskinen (left) and Sadie Walker

A Mountain Home man sentenced to 54 months in prison late last year is back in custody facing eight new drug-related offenses.

Thirty-five-year-old Nicholas Thomas Koskinen was arrested Nov. 22, along with 26-year-old Sadie Laine Walker.

Online court documents indicate Koskinen has had drug-related charges filed against him in eight criminal cases beginning in 2009 prior to his latest arrest.

In December 2019, he pled guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to 54 months in prison.

According to the probable cause affidavit in his latest case, Koskinen was a back seat passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding by a Mountain Home police officer in the area of U.S. Highway 62 West and West Paul Street.

The officer noted as he approached the vehicle, he could see the passenger in the back seat moving around and bending over out of sight.

Despite being advised to not be moving around, the passenger, later identified as Koskinen, continued his movements. He reportedly told the officer he believed he had a failure to appear warrant.

A backup officer noted a plastic bottle containing multiple colored pills and a crystal-like substance was in plain view in the vehicle and within reach of all of the occupants. An examination of the contents revealed:

* multiple baggies with crystal residue

* a baggie of a brown substance

* four pink pills believed to be oxycodone

* 19 white pills believed to be oxycodone

* three pills believed to be hydrocodone

* five pills believed to be alprazolam and

* a plastic baggie of crystal-like substance (15.3 grams).

A glass pipe, typically used for ingesting methamphetamine, was also located with white residue.

Additional drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly located in Walker’s purse, as well as a set of digital scales in Koskinen’s backpack.

Walker reportedly told police when the suspects and a third passenger in the car who was not arrested were being stopped, she told them to give her all the drugs because she had not been in that much trouble.

At the police department, she advised she had other illegal items in her bra and removed 16 packages of suboxone.

Koskinen, while waiting in an interview room, removed an item from his wallet, later identified as his Social Security card, and attempted to hide it in a baseboard.

He and Walker have been charged with:

* Proximity-enhanced penalty, Class A felony

* Possession with purpose to deliver meth cocaine, Class A felony

* Possession with purpose to deliver a controlled substance, Schedule I,II, excluding meth cocaine, Class A felony

* Possession of a controlled substance, Schedule IV, V, Class A misdemeanor

* Possession of drug paraphernalia, Class D felony

* Possession of a controlled substance, Schedule I, II, Class D felony (3 counts)

* Possession of a controlled substance, Schedule IV, V, Class D felony

Their bonds were set at $25,000 each.

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