WASHINGTON CITY — Two women were arrested in Washington City Wednesday and charged with possession of heroin while in a drug-free zone.
While out on patrol Wednesday, Officer Laynce Bartruff, of the Washington City Police Department, witnessed a vehicle making a left-hand turn without using a signal, according to a probable cause statement filed by Bartruff in support of the arrests.
After running the vehicle’s information, Bartruff learned the car was uninsured and began a traffic stop, he said in the statement. Michelle Sisneros, of St. George, was driving the car and Elizabeth Carpenter, of Washington City, was a passenger.
Upon further investigation, Carpenter was found to have a no-bail warrant issued for her and was arrested, Bartruff said in the statement. While conducting a search of the car, Bartruff discovered a needle in Carpenter’s purse and a bag on the car floor containing a spoon with a burnt bottom and brown residue, cotton filters and a balloon suspected to contain heroin.
Personal items belonging to Sisneros were also found in the bag with the spoon, filters and balloon, Bartruff said in the statement.
The car was impounded and each woman was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, a second-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.
Sisneros was also found in possession of a syringe, a class-A misdemeanor, while being booked into Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility, Bartruff said in the statement.
Because the area the two women were leaving was near the Washington City Community Center — a drug-free zone — all charges were enhanced.
Sisneros is currently being held at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on $13,900 bail, and Carpenter is being held on $11,950 bail.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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