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Traffic stop ends with drug arrest

by Minden Press-Herald



SPRINGHILL – Springhill Police arrested a woman on several drug charges when officers discovered pills and suspected narcotics in her purse during a traffic stop.

Kristine D. Mayfield, 51, of the 200 block of 1st Street Pinehill, was arrested on charges of two counts of possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute (oxycodone and hydrocodone), possession of schedule II CDS (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is to be set.

Chief Will Lynd says around 3:55 p.m., Sunday, Officer Dusty Rhodes conducted a traffic stop on Gaisser Street for an expired license plate on a 2000 Ford pickup, driven by Mayfield.

Officers asked for consent to search, and he says she gave permission but removed her purse from the vehicle and told them they could not search her purse.

“During the conversation, Mayfield took out of her purse and gave the officers five pills suspected to be hydrocodone that she did not have a prescription for,” Lynd said.

Mayfield was then placed under arrest, he said.

A further search of the vehicle revealed seven more suspected hydrocodone pills, eight more pills suspected to be oxycodone, two suspected rocks of crack cocaine, and what appeared to be a used crack pipe.

“This was a good arrest by Officer Rhodes,” Lynd said. “I stress to my officers to look beyond the traffic violation. It would have been easy just to write a ticket and let her go. Yet, he could tell that she was acting nervous and just not normal. This is when he took it a step further and found the drugs she had on her.”

Mayfield was transported to police headquarters where she was booked and later transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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