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February 16, 2011

Traffic stop turns into drug bust

ORANGE — A traffic stop by and Orange Police officer garnered several charges for possession of illegal drugs.

According to a report by Office J. E. Baggett of the Orange Police Department, he conducted a traffic stop while on patrol at 10:28 a.m. on Monday at Clark Lane and Meeks Drive.

He stopped a black four-door 2004 Kia after he saw it was displaying expired registration, traveling east bound on Meeks Drive.

He saw the driver making furtive movements by leaning and reaching over to the font passenger side of the vehicle as the vehicle was coming to a complete stop.

Baggett spoke with the driver, a white male identified as Kevin Scott Miles.  

Miles was asked if he was in possession of anything illegal on his person and vehicle in which he stated no. Baggett requested consent from Miles to conduct a search of his person and vehicle in which Miles agreed.

Miles then said he was attempting to conceal an open container of alcohol.

Upon searching the vehicle, Baggett found a clear glass pipe with a burned end that contained a piece of brillo, a blue designed glass pipe and a black and yellow pipe in the center console.

Miles was placed under arrest for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Class C, Possession of Marijuana less than two ounces Class B and Possession of Controlled Substance less than one gram State Jail Felony.

Miles was transported to the Orange County Jail and released to jail staff. A booking photo of Miles was taken. He refused to provide a statement in regards to this incident.

Woman’s pockets reportedly filled with pills on DWI arrest

An Orange woman was arrested Friday after Officer M.T. Roush reported she failed a sobriety test and about 18 prescription pills were found in her pocket.

Letha Bean Mann, 42, was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a dangerous drug. Mann was still at the Orange County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon with two, $1,000 bonds.

Officer Roush with the Orange Police Department pulled a Toyota Camry driven by Mann over in the 2200 block of MacArthur Drive.

Roush noticed several medication bottles on the floorboard of the car and reported Mann looked intoxicated with glassy eyes and slurred speech.

Mann was given three test to which Rousch reported she failed each one and she was taken into custody. A pregnant passenger in the car was released to family members.

The problems for Mann did not end there as Roush later found 18 pills he identified as Somas in her pockets while in the Orange County Intox Room. A pill fell from Mann’s pocket which led Roush to do the search.

Mann reportedly once again failed several sobriety tests and she gave a blood specimen.

She was then charged with the DWI and possession charges.

Mann was convicted for DWI in 2001.

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