Traffic stop leads to four drug arrests in Mohave Valley

February 2, 2019

Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle early Friday morning in Mohave Valley when they allegedly noticed the vehicle’s brake lights weren’t functioning. The vehicle’s occupants included Topock residents Jessica L. Johnson, 28; Ashley Merriman, 32; Aaron E. Burchett, 44; and Bullhead City resident Margaret Herber, 42.

When questioned by deputies, Herber allegedly told deputies she had neither identification nor a purse with her, despite the presence of a purse on the seat next to her, the report said. Deputies believed a warrant to exist for Herber’s arrest, and she was detained at the scene. According to the report, a search of her purse yielded a pipe and 3.9 grams of methamphetamine, as well as a plastic bag containing suspected heroin.

Johnson allegedly admitted to possessing a bag of methamphetamine as well, the report said. A search of Merriman’s person allegedly yielded 8.1 grams of methamphetamine. Burchett was detained and placed on the shoulder of the road, and according to the report, deputies located a plastic bag containing 2.8 grams of methamphetamine lying on the rocks about seven feet from where he was seated. Burchett denied throwing any items in his possession away from his person while deputies searched the vehicle.

Herber was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson, Merriman and Burchett were arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were transported to Mohave County Jail without incident.

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