California resident charged with felonies after traffic stop in Lafayette County
A resident of Arvin, Calif., has been charged with felonies after a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Lafayette County at about noon Tuesday, Oct. 29. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol statement, the 2019 Jeep Compass displaying Oregon plates was stopped for following too closely.
In the vehicle were the driver Brenda Alcaraz, 22, and a 15-year-old female passenger, identified in the statement as “A.B.”
The report states that Alcarez admitted there was a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle, and claimed ownership of it. According to a probable cause statement by the MSHP trooper, during a search of the vehicle, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper says he found several drug-related items, including a small container of marijuana, two partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, and a pipe containing a residual amount of THC oil.
Authorities contacted the juvenile’s mother in the state of Oregon, and the mother reportedly indicated she thought her daughter was in school in Silverton, Oregon, and said she did not know Alcaraz.
The report states that the vehicle’s occupants reportedly gave authorities conflicting stories. Alcaraz and the girl were taken to the Higginsville Police Department, and while there, it reportedly was discovered the girl had two packages containing a white crystal substance secured to her abdomen area. The white crystal substance appeared to be methamphetamine. The packages were weighed and, on a non-certified scale, totaled approximately 5-1/2 pounds.
According to unofficial online court documents, Alcaraz has been charged with a Class A Felony for Trafficking Drugs or Attempt in the First Degree; a Class D Felony for Endangering the Welfare of a Child Involving Drugs in the First Degree; and two drug-related misdemeanors.
Alcaraz appeared via video in custody and pleaded not guilty during her arraignment hearing on Oct. 30. Her next hearing is scheduled to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Lafayette County Circuit Court.
Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.