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2 held on drug charge, small meth lab seized
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TRINITY – A traffic stop in the Port Adventure subdivision last week resulted in the arrest of two people and the discovery of a small methamphetamine lab. Cory Teller, 24, and Sarah Dyson, 18, both of Trinity, were arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 14, by Pct. 1 deputy constables Ricky Hope and Rusty Barrett. Both were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and with felony endangering a child. They were taken to the Trinity County Jail in Groveton. According to Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace, the two deputies went to the subdivision in separate cars after his office received a citizen’s tip involving possible drug activity. While patrolling through Port Adventure, they spotted a parked car and began to approach it from different directions. “The car started to leave and as it pulled away, it began to swerve all over the roadway,” Wallace said. The constable said they believe that the occupants of the vehicle had been smoking methamphetamines when the officers arrived and the driver was attempting to hide the drugs as he was trying to drive away. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officers began questioning the two occupants. When Barrett noticed that something appeared to be hidden inside driver’s pants, he questioned the man about it. While Teller denied having any foreign object in his pants, Barrett continued to question him and during a subsequent pat down, a piece of tinfoil that appeared to have been used as a drug pipe fell out of the suspect’s pant leg. A further search found a coffee filter beneath the suspect’s waistband containing three to four grams of methamphetamine. Because Dyson’s 18-month-old daughter was in a car seat located in the back of the suspect’s vehicle, charges of child endangerment were also filed against the two. The toddler was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services follow the arrest of her mother. Wallace said while Teller was being questioned, he indicated some remorse for his actions and volunteered to take officers to the location where the methamphetamines were made. The suspect took the officers to a wooded area in Port Adventure where officers found ingredients and equipment used to “cook” meth using what is known as the “one pot method.” The small drug lab was seized. Assisting in the investigation was Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones. Wallace credited the arrests and the seizure of the lab to the citizen’s tip as well as the work of the two deputies. He also cited Barrett for his diligence in finding the hidden drugs. “We are trying to be proactive in our efforts to locate drug dealers and drug labs and we appreciate any help that citizens can give us. When we receive tips, we always follow up on them,” he said.