Three people were taken into custody on numerous drug charges after a traffic stop in the 700 block of West 2nd early Tuesday morning.
Arrested on charges of two counts of distribution of drugs, criminal use of a weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and no tax stamp was 28-year-old Jessica Whittier of Hutchinson. Also arrested for possession of K-2 or synthetic marijuana was 34-year-old Dominic Vargas. And Robert Vigil was arrested on two warrants, but also charged with possession of drugs.
The case starts when Sheriff Deputy Corey Graber stopped a white Camery at 2nd & Whiteside for failing to signal. When he made contact, he could see open containers of beer. Whittier who was driving told the deputy that she had rented the car and moved her stuff into it and that’s why the open case of beer was there.
The deputy discovered that Vigil who was in the back seat had two warrants for failing to appear and when taken out of the back seat, the deputy alleges he saw a bag of meth which he says weighed 11-grams. Whittier and Vargas then got out of the car so the deputy could collect the meth and the beer. He says he could then smell marijuana. He then found some oxycodone in Whittier’s purse and glass pipe with residue. He also found a back pack where he found more meth, about 90-grams, 34-grams of marijuana, nine types of different prescription pills, a loaded 9 mm handgun, brass knuckles, six different kinds of baggies, a digital scale, 5-cell phones, K-2 or synthetic marijuana, 683-dollars in cash and 5-gift cards.
Vargas had some K-2, and when booked into the jail had 954-dollars on him. He also found several books with owe sheets in them.
Whittier while in court managed to get her bond reduced from 107-thousand to 50-thousand dollars, while the bond for Vargas was reduced to 600-dollars, and Vigil’s bond stayed the same at 11-thousand dollars.
Whittier has served time for forgery for a case that goes back to 2003, while Vargas has a long criminal history including drug convictions, battery of law enforcement and obstruction.
Vargas also has another case pending where he’s charged charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of hallucinogenic drug mushrooms and possession of drug paraphernalia. This case goes back to September of last year.
All three will be back in court on May 8.