County seeks forfeiture of car in drug case
The sheriff’s office is seeking to seize a 2000 Toyota Camry belonging to Bernadette M. Paris, Moundridge, who was arrested on July 10 on suspicion of drug trafficking.
According to an affidavit filed Friday in support of the car’s forfeiture, the Camry was pulled over after it was seen driving in Peabody with a headlight turned off.
The driver, Jackie McHolland of Moundridge, and passengers Paris, Michelle L. Stevens of Peabody and David L. Bean of Newton, were arrested after deputies Joel Womochil and Matt Regier found a syringe and a bag of crystals. They said the two tested positive for methamphetamine.
Deputies also reported finding an assortment of drugs, including marijuana, a prescription pill bottle with the wrong name, and drug paraphernalia.
Stevens was arrested on suspicion of distributing a depressant and possessing drug paraphernalia, marijuana, an unknown controlled substance and an illegal prescription drug.
Paris was arrested on suspicion of possession of opiates, drug paraphernalia, illegal prescription drugs and a hallucinogenic drug.
Bean was arrested on suspicion of distributing a depressant, possessing drug paraphernalia, stimulants and an illegal prescription drug, and failing to have a marijuana tax stamp .
McHolland was arrested on suspicion of possession of opiates, stimulants, drug paraphernalia, and an illegal prescription drug; failure to display proof of liability insurance; and interfering with law enforcement by concealing, altering or destroying evidence.
Paris has 30 days to ask the county attorney to exempt the car from forfeiture, file a legal claim on the car, or do nothing and the car will be forfeited.
Confiscated vehicles are usually sold and the proceeds used to fund drug investigations.