MIDLOTHIAN — A traffic stop resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine and the arrests of a Bonham and Fannin resident on Saturday.
Midlothian Police pulled a Kia mini van over at 12:47 a.m. in 1100 block of N. U.S. Highway 67. Police then arrested Willie Beck, 28, on the charge of possession of a controlled substance less than one gram and Lachrisa Dawn Shores, 38, for possession of a controlled substance greater than or equal to four grams but less than 200 grams.
“Corporal Wes Keeling, our interdiction officer, was out working traffic. He observed the vehicle that looked like it was speeding and he confirmed it with his radar that they were doing 75 mph in a 65 mph zone,” Midlothian Police Capt. John Spann said. “Keeling approached the vehicle and observed Shores to be overly talkative and nervous. He got her out of the vehicle and the occupants of the vehicle separated. Their stories were not consistent on where they were going and where they were coming from.”
Spann said Keeling requested another unit be sent to his location. Upon arrival of Midlothian Sgt. Tim Scott did a walk around of the vehicle with his canine, Halo.
“The dog alerted on the vehicle that he was smelling narcotics. That gave Cpl. Keeling probable cause to make a search of the vehicle,” Spann stated. “In the back passenger seat there was a cigarette box consistent with the the brand of cigarettes the two were smoking, but he found a small clear plastic baggie inside of the box that contains a small white crystalline substance that he recognized to be methamphetamine.”
Spann noted that Keeling observed a green bag in the rear floorboard of the vehicle. Keeling asked whom the bag belonged to and Shores told him that it belonged to her.
“In the bag in observed there a bunch of clear plastic baggies that is again commonly used to package narcotics. They were empty. He (saw) two unopened feminine napkins and (found) one of the pads to be thicker than the other. It was very hard to the touch,” Spann explained. “He unwrapped it and inside the packaging was a clear plastic baggie containing the white crystalline substance that he recognized to be methamphetamine.”
Spann said the officers conducted a drug field test and both plastic bags tested positive for methamphetamine. He added Halo is certified through the American Working Dog Association and has completed all of his certifications for narcotics.
Both Beck and Shores were arrested and taken to the Midlothian jail. No charges were brought against the driver, and the person was released at the scene.
According to records from the Wayne McCollum Detention Center, Shores was transferred and booked into detention center at 9:46 p.m. on Sunday with bonds totaling $37,156.80. Shores is being held on an out of county warrant for criminal non-support from Lamar County. As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday Shores remains in custody at the detention center.
According to records from the detention center, Beck was transferred and booked into the detention center at 11 p.m. on Sunday and has a bond of $6,500. He remains in custody at the detention center as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday.