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Motorists found with drugs in traffic stops

SoVaNow.com / October 09, 2019
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office deputies intercepted drugs during three separate traffic stops over the course of two days last week.

On Oct. 3, Deputies Joey Carey and Bruce King recovered a syringe, spoon and bundles of suspected heroin during a search of a car stopped on Highway 15 South near Clarksville. The car was initially pulled over for failing to display a Virginia license tag on the front of the vehicle, but King’s K-9 Bak alerted the deputies of the possibility of drugs during an “open-air search of the vehicle.”

The driver, 30-year-old Dereck Hancock of Drakes Branch and passenger Christy Holcomb, 37 of Chase City were both taken to Meherrin River Regional Jail and served with warrants for possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II narcotic, but released after posting a secured bond.

On Friday, Deputy Josh Watts charged Natalie Dwyer, 31 of Newport News with possession of marijuana and reckless driving after she was pulled over on I-85 south near South Hill. Dwyer was clocked on radar traveling 83 mph in a 70-mph zone.

When Watts approached her vehicle following the stop, he reported smelling a strong odor associated with marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A subsequent search uncovered plant-like material that field tested positive for marijuana.

That same day while patrolling Highway 58 near Baskerville Road, Cpl. Byrt Carnes recovered a green plant-like material that field tested positive for marijuana after he stopped a driver for speeding. The unnamed driver from Sharpsburg, Ga., was released after being given two summons one for speeding and another for possession of marijuana.

In other crime news, Sgt. Chris Baird arrested Junior Barbour, age 32, from Crute after he nearly collided with a tractor-trailer heading south on I-85 near South Hill. According to Baird, he watched as a vehicle traveling southbound on I-85 below the posted speed limit made a sudden lane change in front of a tractor trailer causing the driver in the semi to slam on the vehicle’s brakes.

Barbour was charged with driving under the influence and transported to South Hill Police Department for appearance before a magistrate.

Barbour was issued a warrant for DUI and released on an unsecured bond.



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