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Unknown drugs found during traffic stop

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Melissa Marie Foster, 36, of Mammoth Spring was arrested Aug. 16 for suspicion of DWI.

While patrolling east on State Highway 62 Aug. 16, Reserve Deputy/Constable Boyd Daley noticed a truck swerving left of center several times and "narrowly missing oncoming traffic" according to the affidavit of probable cause for arrest.

Daley contacted Fulton County Chief Deputy Tom Hanselman to report the vehicle. Hanselman instructed Daley to stop the vehicle and detain the driver until he could arrive at the scene.

According to the affidavit, Foster, the driver of the vehicle, "appeared pale and disoriented." Hanselman "observed that (Foster) could not speak clearly, however, was very talkative and continually repeated herself."

According to the report, Daley looked into the vehicle and found in plain view in Foster's purse two syringes and numerous unknown pills. Hanselman then contacted Investigator James Humphrey with the 16th Drug Task Force and asked for assistance in identifying the pills. Hanselman told Humphrey that in a post-Miranda statement Foster said she did not have a prescription for the pills.

Aug. 19, Humphrey collected evidence involved in the case and identified the pills by using the Web site www.identadrug.com, which has a database of pills and their descriptions. Humphrey used the imprinted letters and numbers from the pills to identify them. There were two Lorcet pills with the ingredient hydrocodone, a pain killer; nine and a half pills of Valium with the ingredient diazepam, which is a sleep aid; seven Xanax pills with the ingredient alprazolam, which is a tranquilizer. There were about nine other pills Humphrey could not identify because there were no imprint of letters or numbers on them. Humphrey wrote in the affidavit that the suspected pills will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.

Foster has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance to sell and use of possession with the intent to use drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $2,500. Foster made bond Aug. 17 and her trial date is Sept. 8.

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