Police find cocaine after stopping alleged drunk driver

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 5, 2014 

What started as a traffic stop for drunk driving ended in drug possession charges for a 43-year-old man and 43-year-old woman Tuesday, according to court testimony.

Lucretia Phillips faced charges of cocaine possession and drug related objects possession during a Wednesday morning hearing.

She was arrested with Willie Robinson, who was not present during the hearing. Robinson was charged with stopping in the street, driving under the influence, cocaine possession and drug related objects possession.

Officer Michael Smith said he and Cpl. Jason Swails were patrolling the area near 30th Street and 10th Avenue at about 12:40 a.m., when they noticed a white Ford F150 stop in the middle of 30th Street before stopping near Hamilton Road. Police initiated a stop on the vehicle, and almost immediately noticed an strong alcoholic odor allegedly stemming from Robinson.

After Robinson allegedly admitted to having three drinks before driving, police asked him to step out of the vehicle. They asked for permission to search the truck, to which Robinson allegedly consented.

His passenger, Phillips, allegedly told officers that she had no illegal substances on her person. However, she told officers that there were illegal substances inside a black backpack in the truck. Inside, police found 0.5 grams of cocaine. They also allegedly found a smoking device crafted out of a Coors beer can hidden under some jackets.

Phillips denied possession of the substances, as did Robinson. Since neither person claimed the drugs, both were charged.

Judge Michael Cielinski set Phillips bond at $10,500.

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