Two interstate traffic stops by troopers and one by a deputy over the weekend resulted in at least six drug arrests.
The first two stops were credited to Department of Public Safety Trooper Aaron Hanna.
In the first stop, Hanna arrested Hilliard Hathaway III, 41, of Merriville, Ind.; Rebecca Lynne Lawson, 22, of Hammond, Ind.; and Alexandria Plescott, 30, of Hobart, Ind., at 10:26 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 30 at the 133 mile marker for manufacture/delivery of more than 400 grams of the controlled substance cocaine and engaging in organized criminal activity. Hathaway was also charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana and having a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. Lawson was also charged with possession of one gram or more but less than four grams of the controlled substance heroin.
The trio were in a Nissan Altima Hanna stopped for failure to signal a lane change. They were noted to display numerous signs of criminal activity. Hanna saw marijuana residue in the car, giving him cause to search it. He found a large amount of cocaine inside a backpack in the front passenger floorboard. More cocaine was found on one of the passengers. Lawson had a small amount of heroin in her bra. At the jail, Hathaway was found to have a small amount of marijuana in his underwear.
Because of the number involved, all three Indiana residents were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity in addition to the drug charges.
In the second stop, Hanna arrested Katrina Monique Barrera, 24, and Monica Janell Kienje, 32, both of Fort Worth, for possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
Hanna stopped Kienje at 10:06 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 30 at the 129 mile marker for a traffic violation in a Dodge Avenger. After observing indicators of nervousness and possible criminal activity, Hanna asked permission to search the car. Kienje refused.
A DPS canine was dispatched to conduct a sniff search around the car. The dog gave a positive alert, giving troopers cause to search the car. They found 73 individually wrapped balloons that contained suspected marijuana and one balloon with suspected crack cocaine. The weed weighed 8.7 ounces and the coke was 1.4 grams. The pair claimed they were headed to New Boston for visitation with someone at the Barry Telford Unit. Both were arrested and taken to jail.
The third arrest was credited to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Cpl. Wade Sheets. He stopped a Dallas woman, 42, late Sunday on Interstate 30 west at the 125 mile marker for investigation as she was driving a Freightliner semi truck the owner had reported was being driven without permission. She agreed to a search of the truck. In her bag, they found a pill bottle with the name scratched off the label. She admitted she didn’t have a prescription for the pills and was arrested at 11:59 p.m. Sunday for possession of a controlled substance. The semi was released to the owner.
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