Two Ohio women were arrested recently after an off-duty spotted one of them and realized she had a warrant for her arrest.
Lacie Montoria Hawley, 25, 24769 Seventh St., Syracuse, Ohio, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Breanna Renee Miller, 24, 24665 Apple Grove Dorcas Road, Racine, Ohio, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Both are incarcerated.
On Sunday, Aug. 26, at approximately 6:46 p.m., Deputy B.A. DeWees received a call from Deputy B.L. Varney who was off-duty, according to court records. Varney stated had visual confirmation of the location of Lacie Hawley, who had a Jackson County Circuit Court Capias.
Varney asked DeWees and Deputy C.R. Saltsgaver to come to his location and reported he was going to follow Hawley until the other officers arrived.
As the officers were en route, Varney informed them Hawley was pulling into Lexington Apartments on Parkersburg Road just outside of Ripley and that he was going to go ahead and detain Hawley, court records show.
Varney identified himself as a deputy sheriff to Hawley and told her she was under arrest on her warrant. DeWees and Saltsgaver arrived at approximately 6:53 p.m. and saw Hawley standing in front of a silver Mazda 3 with an Ohio registration.
A vehicle records check indicated it belonged to Wanda Johnson from Racine. DeWees conducted a pat down search of Hawley before he placed her into his police cruiser.
According to court documents, Hawley kept balling up her fist as if she was trying to hide something in it. DeWees had her open both hands and a small plastic baggie with a white powdery and crystalline substance fell out onto the ground.
DeWees believed the substance in the baggie was methamphetamine. DeWeese continued searching Hawley and located a small green and white tube that was marked "Ultra Strength Headache." Officers later discovered several pills inside the container, including buprenorphine, clonazepam and diazepam.
Hawley did not have anything else on her so DeWees put her in the back of his police cruiser. Saltsgaver had the passengers exit the vehicle.
Miller was sitting in the front passenger seat and another individual was in the back driver side seat. Another passenger had been sitting in the back passenger side seat.
DeWees and Saltsgaver searched the vehicle. In the front passenger side floorboard, they found a black Batman backpack with alleged drug paraphernalia inside. The items included needles, a suspected methamphetamine pipe and what the officers believed was a snorting straw.
The officers also found in the backpack two small clear containers. One was a container with the green lid that had a small plastic baggie containing a white powdery and crystalline substance in it. The baggie was consistent with the baggie found in Hawley's possession, according to court documents.
The backpack also contained a small plastic container with the pink lid was full of unused small plastic baggies, which were of the same variety as the baggies with the methamphetamine inside it, police allege.
Though no additional drugs were found in the search, officers found more needles, magistrate court records show. While searching the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a set of digital scales that allegedly had a white powdery residue on it.
Miller allegedly told the officers the backpack belonged to another female passenger in the vehicle. She said the other passenger put the bag in the car when they picked her up from a friend's house on Sheriff Drive in Ripley.
Hawley also said the bag belonged to the same passenger named by Miller. However, the fourth passenger in the vehicle said that was not true, the officers wrote in court reports. The female passenger named by Hawley and Miller also said the bag did not belong to her.