CHIPLEY - Two people were recently arrested for possession of narcotics without perscriptions.
Just after midnight, Thursday, a deputy stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Orange Hill Road and Stewart Road. During the stop, K9 Jet alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics at the passenger side door of the vehicle, according to a Washington County Sheriff's Office news release.
The passenger, identified as 48-year-old Stephen Christopher Higbee, of Wausau, was asked to place a leash on his dog and step out of the vehicle, the report stated. As Higbee began to stall and avoided following commands to exit the vehicle, the deputy noticed a large knife positioned between his legs. Higbee was given instructions to exit the vehicle without touching the knife. Before exiting the vehicle, Higbee took placed the knife on the dash.
Once outside of the vehicle, during the initial pat-down search, Higbee pushed away from the deputy, trying to regain entry into the vehicle, the release stated. As Higbee was being removed from the vehicle, the dog attempted to attack the deputy. Higbee was then placed in handcuffs and a search revealed approximately five grams of methamphetamine and several prescription pills in his front pants pocket.
The remainding occupants were removed from the vehicle and a search led to the discovery of four glass pipes in the area that Higbee was sitting, according to the release.
Higbee was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where he was booked on the charges of resisting an officer without violence, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A second passenger, Rosanna Elisha Richards, 31, of Cottondale, was found to be in possession of three different types of prescription medications and booked into the Washington County Jail on three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Richards was also booked on an outstanding Washington County failure to appear warrant for driving with a suspended license and a Holmes County warrant for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.