Women arrested outside of closed business

December 27, 2018

NORFOLK — A call about a suspicious vehicle Sunday evening resulted in a pair of arrests for drug-related charges.

Capt. Mike Bauer said Norfolk police were called Sunday at 9:47 p.m. to a business in the 1400 block of Riverside Boulevard for a suspicious vehicle.

The reporting person described a car that was in the parking lot of the business and that the business was not open. There was also a woman who was yelling and then left, walking to the south, the reporting person said.

When officers arrived, they found the described vehicle parked in the lot. Officers had contact with the driver, who was identified as Ashley M. Martin-Menard, 34, Hastings.

Bauer said there was also another woman in the backseat of the car who was identified as Brandy L. Wolford, 41, Clarkson.

A check of Wolford’s license showed five arrest warrants from Colfax and Platte counties, Bauer said.

Wolford was taken into custody. Officers also reported that they observed a single white pill sitting on the front passenger seat. Officers recovered the pill and identified it as Alprazolam.

Martin-Menard did not have a prescription for the controlled medication. Martin-Menard was asked to step out of the vehicle, police said.

When doing so, she attempted to conceal or ingest a plastic bag inside her mouth. Officers reportedly prevented her from swallowing the bag and recovered it.

The bag contained a crystal like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, police said.

Martin-Menard was arrested for two counts of possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine/Alprazolam.

Both women were housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.

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