Woman charged with trafficking heroin after failing to use turn signal

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Holly Dutton

Holly Dutton could have ended her Monday with a warning citation for failing to use a turn signal. But that warning turned to a felony charge when a K-9 unit alerted police to suspected drugs in her Toyota Camry.

The 25-year-old faced intent to distribute heroin and Oxycodone charges during a Tuesday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Cpl. Nathan Norton told the court that he pulled Dutton over near the intersection of Linwood Boulevard and Seventh Avenue for failing to use a turn signal near 10th Avenue.

After another officer wrote Dutton a warning citation for the violation, Norton asked for permission to search Dutton's car. When Dutton declined the request, Norton used a drug dog to perform an open air sniff outside the car.

"We informed her that we were going to search the car," Norton said. "At that point she became somewhat combative and had to be detained."

In Dutton's purse, Norton said he found a green box with several plastic baggies and 1.2 grams of suspected heroin, valued at $360. Eleven Oxycodone pills, valued at $220, were also allegedly found during the search.

Norton said when he brought the green box out of the car, Dutton started crying.

Judge Michael Cielinski set a $10,000 bond on Dutton's charges.

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