Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Oct 30, 2013
Hannah Braswell

A traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 40 led to two felony drug arrests after a Haywood County Sheriff’s Office canine alerted on the vehicle early Saturday morning.

According to Sheriff’s Office reports, N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper L.A. Pate had stopped a black 2003 Lexus at exit 27 eastbound for speeding and called for a K-9 unit when he smelled an odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle.

Reports state Deputy Doug Carver arrived shortly thereafter with his canine, Abel, which alerted on the vehicle. Once inside the car, Abel alerted on a purple backpack. Officers discovered a metal box inside the backpack, which was found to contain what appeared to be various controlled substances.

Hannah Michele Braswell, 23, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver Ecstasy, felonious trafficking in LSD, felonious trafficking in methamphetamine by possession, felonious trafficking in methamphetamine by transportation, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. She was jailed in lieu of $100,000 secured bond.

Jordan Elizabeth Turner, 21, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with maintaining a vehicle for keeping and selling controlled substance, felonious possession with intent to manufacture, sell and/or deliver methamphetamine, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed in lieu of $16,000 secured bond.

The court date for each has been slated for Oct. 30.

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