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Abilene Police: Drugs found in locked safe in vehicle

Published On: Mar 20 2013 10:30:40 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2013 01:13:24 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, Officer David Cox contacted a motorist in the 3900 block of South 14th Street for a traffic violation. A K-9 officer assisted with the traffic stop. Officer Cox reported that he detected the odor of marijuana during his initial contact with the male driver and observed several other occupants in the vehicle. During this preliminary investigation, the K-9 alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. There were three males and one female subject that were all contacted and identified during the investigation. The vehicle was searched and revealed small quantities of marijuana, including burnt remnants, near where each of the occupants had been seated. Drug paraphernalia was also located inside the vehicle. The search of the vehicle also located a locked safe for which the driver possessed a key and an associated purchase receipt. The safe was opened and revealed the contents: approximately 5.5 grams of a crystal-like substance and approximately 2.3 grams of crushed pills. The substances tested positive for methamphetamine and ecstasy, respectively. A stolen handgun was also located during the search. A records check revealed that three of the occupants were convicted felons. The male driver was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (MDMA), and for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. Passenger #1, a male, was arrested for two misdemeanor offenses: Possession of Marijuana and Failure to Identify. Reference the latter charge, further investigation revealed that this passenger had provided someone else’s identifying information as his own during the investigation. Passenger #2, a male, was arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. Passenger #3, a female, was arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. A report for Felon in Possession of a Firearm was taken reference the recovered stolen gun. This investigation continues.

At about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, Officers Matt Allen and Martin Walker responded to a disturbance call at a business in the 1600 block of Hwy 351. APD dispatch received a call from a loss prevention employee and overheard a disturbance between the employee and a female subject. Officer Walker arrived to the scene and contacted the involved parties. His preliminary investigation revealed that an employee had observed a female suspect concealing items and then failing to pay for said items when the suspect went through the self-check-out. The employee confronted the suspect for the alleged theft of merchandise after the suspect exited the store with said items. Approximately $178 in stolen merchandise was recovered. A records check revealed the suspect had two outstanding arrest warrants, one of which included a probation warrant. A search of the suspect’s purse revealed medications in an envelope for which the suspect did not possess a prescription. The suspect was arrested for her two warrants and for two misdemeanor offenses: Possession of a Dangerous Drug (quetiapine fumarate) and for Theft.

At about 11:15 p.m., Officer Carye Adkins contacted a motorist in the 1900 block of Pine Street for a traffic violation. Officer Adkins contacted the male driver and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The driver was the sole occupant in the vehicle. The driver was searched and revealed that he possessed a small bag of marijuana in his pocket. The driver was arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.