EBRO - Two Alabama residents are facing drug charges after a Washington County sheriff's deputy became suspicious of a car parked at an Ebro church late on June 11.
According to reports, a deputy observed a vehicle parked at Rock of Deliverance Church on Obies Street while conducting an extra patrol around 10:30 p.m.
Upon arrival to the scene, the deputy observed both the driver and passenger doors were standing open. As the deputy approached the vehicle, both occupants exited while partially dressed.
The male subject, identified by his driver's license as Michael Heath, 39, of Webb, Alabama, by bent down near the driver’s side rear tire, seemingly to adjust his pants.
The deputy asked if there was marijuana in the vehicle after noticing a strong odor of marijuana and becoming suspicious of Heath's movements near the tire.
Heath advised no marijuana was present and gave consent to a search, during which the deputy discovered both marijuana and methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine was found in a small black container located on top of the driver’s side rear tire.
Heath and his female companion, identified by a Georgia State Correctional Institution Release ID Card as Christina Stafford, 40, of Eufaula, Alabama, were both placed under arrest.
According to reports, deputies also quickly discovered that Stafford had removed a bag of marijuana from her person and attempted to conceal it under the seat of the patrol vehicle.
Heath and Stafford were transported to the Washington County Jail where Heath was booked for possession of methamphetamine and Stafford was booked on the charges of possession of marijuana less than 20 grams and tampering with evidence.
Washington County Sheriff Kevin Crews urges anyone with any knowledge of crimes being committed, suspicious activity, or tips, to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 850-638-6111. Tips may also be reported anonymously by calling 850-638-TIPS (8477) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.