A call about a suspicious vehicle during the early morning hours of Feb. 25 led to the arrest of two Virginia men according to a report from the Abingdon Police Department. The two 22-year-old men along with an 18-year-old North Carolina woman and a 23-year-old Tennessee woman were taken into custody and transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Abingdon Facility after police allegedly discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in the white Subaru sedan.
According to an APD report, the officer dispatched to the Deadmore Street Southeast scene at approximately 5:46 a.m. became suspicious when he saw the occupants of the vehicle acting furtively. The officer says that one individual was pulling a hypodermic syringe from their arm and the others all appeared to be attempting to conceal items in the car. When additional officers arrived at the scene, the four individuals were ordered out of the vehicle and taken into custody.
The ensuing search of the Subaru is said to have led to the discovery of several hypodermic syringes and a plastic bag containing a white powder. A field test allegedly identified the substance as methamphetamine. Traces of methamphetamine were also allegedly found on a smoking device inside the vehicle. Three of the car's occupants have been charged with drug possession. The 22-year-old man behind the wheel was charged with being intoxicated in public.
The drug kits that police officers use to test substances in the field are inexpensive and easy to use, but they have also been known to identify sugar and baking soda as illegal narcotics. When their clients have been taken into custody based on the results of such tests, experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have the drug possession charges against them dismissed unless the findings can be corroborated by more rigorous testing.
Source: WDBJ, "Four arrested on drug charges in Abingdon", Caslee Sims, Feb. 25, 2019