Traffic stops lead to drug-related arrest, investigation
Felony charges pending following testing of evidence
Two Hillsboro residents were arrested following suspicious activity during a traffic stop conducted by the Hillsboro K-9 officer.
Derrick Osborne, 21, and Melanie Evans, 26, were arrested Sunday evening, according to a press release from the Hillsboro Police Department.
Evans, the driver of the vehicle, continued through a traffic stop after the officer activated his overhead lights at 10:41 p.m. Evans drove on, ran a stop sign at an intersection, and finally stopped on North Elm Street.
The report states that as the officer approached the vehicle, “the rear car door was heard shutting, and there was evidence that someone had run from the scene.”
The person who fled was later identified as Osborne.
There were three occupants in the vehicle when the officer questioned Evans, and Evans denied that anyone had exited the vehicle.
After all the occupants were identified, a K-9 unit was deployed, finding a “positive indication for the odor of a narcotic substance.”
According to the press release, “the occupants were removed and drug paraphernalia was seized from the vehicle.”
Evans was arrested for obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth degree misdemeanor; failure to obey a traffic control device, a minor misdemeanor; and failure to display, a minor misdemeanor.
While the vehicle was being searched, another officer found Osborne hiding on a nearby roof top.
He admitted to having been in the vehicle.
Osborne was discovered to have two outstanding warrants, one of which was for a felony drug charge.
He was also arrested for criminal trespassing, a fourth degree misdemeanor; and obstructing official business, a second degree misdemeanor.
Evans and Osborne were transported to the Highland County Justice Center and were arraigned in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Monday.
According to court records, Evans’ case is set for a pretrial on Feb. 14, and Osborne’s case is set for a pretrial on Feb. 28.
In addition, another traffic stop, conducted on Saturday, Jan. 25, led to Hillsboro officers discovering a female passenger was in possession of a used syringe.
According to the press release, “after further investigation, other evidence of a substance believed to be drugs was found.”
The evidence was submitted to BCI for testing.
Pending the results, felony charges for possessing a controlled substance and trafficking in drugs could be filed.
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