October 23, 2013

Traffic stop results in back seat drug arrest

James Bright, Managing Editor,
The Express-Star


A routine traffic stop led to a backseat drug bust just before 8 a.m. on Monday. 

Lt. James Weidenmaier of the Chickasha Police Department stopped a blue Ford Escort at Apache Street and Maryland Avenue for having a defective tag light. 

"During the traffic stop, l believed the back seat passenger, Aphrodite Monks, to be under the influence of narcotics based her physical appearance and my training and experience," said Weidenmaier. "l asked her what she was on and she denied being on anything, but acted strangely, quickly pulling items from her pockets and shoving them underneath her on the seat. She also pulled something from her pocket and attempted to kick it under the front seat."

CPD officers asked all subjects exit the vehicle, and Monks was placed in handcuffs while Weidenmaier searched the car. 

"When I looked through the open passenger door, l observed in plain sight, a clump of green leafy substance that through my training and experience l believed to be marijuana," said Weidenmaier. "l then began checking the items that were in the back seat, where Ms. Monks had been shoving stuff under her. l located a hollowed out flash light that contained two used syringes and a black plastic 

canister that contained some unknown pills and a green tarry liquid. l smelled the canister and it had the odor of marijuana."

Weidenmaier seized the items and booked Monks on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.