3 traffic stops end in multiple drug arrests

Four people were arrested on drug charges during three different traffic stops this weekend.

The charges range from possession of drug paraphernalia to neglect of a dependent.

The first stop was just before 9:30 a.m. Friday in a Center Grove area neighborhood off Olive Branch Road, near State Road 135.

A Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a vehicle after a person complained the driver was driving erratically and almost fell asleep at the wheel. The deputy found a child in the backseat of the vehicle and two used needles, according to the sheriff’s office report.

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The driver, Alicia Riley, 37, 733 Berry Road, Greenwood, was arrested on a charge of neglect and possession of paraphernalia. She was held at the Johnson County jail on $3,600 bond. Police contacted the Department of Child Services.

Just before noon Friday, the sheriff’s office received a report of a vehicle with front end damage that was driving erratically and nearly hitting other vehicles on U.S. 31, near State Road 252 in southern Johnson County. The vehicle also was driving on a flat tire when the deputy stopped it, the report said.

The driver, Zachary K. Long, 20, 298 Johnson Ave., Apt. B, Franklin, failed sobriety tests and deputies found a prescription pill in the vehicle. Long was taken to the hospital, where his blood was drawn for testing that would look for any substances in his system.

Long was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. He was held at the jail on $2,000 bond.

In a third traffic stop just before noon Saturday, a person reported a vehicle driving erratically near Smith Valley Road and State Road 135. When the deputy stopped the vehicle, he found marijuana, glass smoking pipes and used needles inside, the report said.

The driver, Matthew M. Myrick, 30, 275 N. Restin Road, Greenwood, was arrested on a charge of possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of a needle, along with a warrant. He was released on $3,000 bond.

The passenger, McKenzie Gibson, 21, 1219 Barrington Drive, Greenwood, was arrested on a charge of possession of paraphernalia, and was held at the jail on $1,000 bond.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.