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Suspicious activity results in drug arrest

by Emily Waldrep

Woodville Police Department made drug arrests on two Woodville citizens who were seen acting suspiciously at Polk Pick It Up on January 11.

Sergeant Hicks of the Woodville Police Department was on regular patrol at approximately 12 a.m. in Woodville when he saw a vehicle at the store and noticed that the passenger in the vehicle seemed to be attempting to hide himself from view. The vehicle left the store and drove north back into town. Hicks subsequently stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation and identified the driver as Sonja Morris, age 51, of Woodville. The passenger was identified as Devon Ray Moucheron, age 20, also of Woodville.

While speaking to Morris, Sergeant Hicks noticed that Moucheron was acting nervous and attempting to hide something in his right hand.

"Hicks asked Moucheron what was in his right hand, and Moucheron attempted to conceal the object under his legs," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department. "At that point in time several off-white colored rock like substances fell to the ground and both Morris and Moucheron were taken into custody."

A search of the vehicle revealed a homemade pipe consistent with those used to inhale crack cocaine inside the door handle on the driver's side, as well as several small pieces of cocaine in a small pill splitter on the driver's side floorboard.

Morris was questioned regarding the crack cocaine found on the passenger and she denied knowing anything about it. Moucheron indicated that he had received the cocaine from Morris to hold after seeing the police officer was attempting to stop the vehicle and had instructed him to eat it or get rid of it.

Morris and Moucheron were immediately taken in to custody and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 less than 1 gram.

Morris was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was impounded after search and all evidence was sent to the state crime lab for further analysis.