Thursday, April 21, 2011

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges

A Baxter man is facing charges of drug possession, tampering with evidence, and driving on a suspended license after a sheriff's deputy pulled him over.  Deputy Jason Phy alleges that 25-year-old Richard Arthur Dutra of Indian Creek Road was "trying to grind a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana into the carpeted floorboard of his vehicle in an attempt to destroy the evidence and avoid arrest." After removing Dutra from the vehicle, the deputy claims he found marijuana and ten Lorcet pills in the vehicle.  Meanwhile, in a separate case, 35-year-old Michael Jack Carlson of Poplar Street in Monterey, was arrested after his probation officer and a sheriff's deputy showed up at his home to conduct a drug screen.  Carlson is on probation from a previous drug offense, and authorities say they found him with several hypodermic syringes and a container of morphine pills.