Eighteen days after a Williamsburg woman was released from jail on a surety bond for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine, she landed back behind bars for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.
Felicia A. Blakley, 27,
was one of four people arrested Sunday evening during a traffic stop by Whitley County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonas Saunders on Moore Lane in the Highland Park community of Williamsburg.
Saunders initiated the traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Brandon Blaylock, 20, about 8:16 p.m. due to “suspicious activity in a known drug area,” according to Blakley’s arrest citation.
One female passenger, Sonya Cole, 36, had an active warrant for her arrest, according to a sheriff’s department release.
During the investigation, deputies reported finding a plastic bag containing what is believed to be “ice” methamphetamine in Blakley’s pants pocket, according to the release.
“Ice” is an extremely potent and pure form of methamphetamine.
After receiving consent to search the vehicle, officers reported finding a hypodermic needle and a pill believed to be Clonazepam.
Blakely was charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.
Blaylock, Cole and passenger Crystal Bunch, 33, were each charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.
All four were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.
Blakley, Bunch and Cole all pleaded not guilty to their charges during their arraignment Monday in Whitley District Court.
Whitley District Judge Cathy Prewitt scheduled March 30 pre-trial conferences for Bunch and Cole, who are both facing misdemeanor charges. Prewitt allowed Bunch to be released on her own recognizance and Cole to be released on a $750 surety or signature bond.
Prewitt set a $25,000 cash bond for Blakley noting on the court docket that she was a “high risk” and scheduled a Feb. 15 preliminary hearing in her latest case.
So far Blaylock, who posted bond before court started Monday morning, has not been arraigned.
Court records show that Blakley was also arrested on Jan. 10 along with Jessica M. McCullah, 21, of London, and Johnny E. Mullis Jr., 29, of Davenport Lane, on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance-meth and solicitation to buy/possess drug paraphernalia.
Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird said that about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 10, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department issued a be on the lookout alert to local agencies for a P.T. Cruiser that had been reported stolen and was last seen headed towards Williamsburg on Ky. 26.
Bird said that his officers were familiar with the vehicle and knew it was frequently seen outside the apartments on Moses Circle.
About 1:46 a.m., Williamsburg Police Officer Brandon White responded to Moses Circle to look for the stolen P.T. Cruiser, but instead spotted a 2006 Dodge truck pulling a car hauler trailer behind it.
“He can see two people inside the vehicle and one standing outside, which is suspicious,” Bird said.
White then approached Mullis, who was standing outside the vehicle, and asked him what he was doing. Mullis replied that he was looking for a stolen Mustang, Bird noted.
White could see inside the vehicle and spotted two women inside with weapons lying next to them, Bird said.
McCullah was in the front seat passenger’s side of the vehicle and Blakley was in the back seat passenger side, according to their arrest citations.
Bird said that there was also a weapon inside the vehicle near the driver’s side door where Mullis would have been seating as the driver.
Bird said police found drugs on all three suspects.
In all police recovered the weapons, suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, pills and a counterfeit $10 bill, according to arrest citations.
Blakley was released from the Whitley County Detention Center on Jan. 20 on a $25,000 surety or signature bond, according to the detention center’s website.