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The Levelland Police Department and the Department of Public Safety conducted a joint operation Thursday night, in which three subjects were arrested in two separate traffic stops on drug charges.
Police and troopers seized more than a half ounce of meth and nearly two pounds of marijuana through the two traffic stops.
The first traffic stop was conducted around 4:30 p.m. Thursday on a vehicle driven by Heather Whitehead.
According to the arrest warrant, a Levelland police officer stopped the vehicle in the 1100 block of Avenue H for disregarding a stop sign.
The officer noticed the driver, who was identified as Whitehead, was moving around as he was approaching the passenger side of the vehicle.
The officer asked for consent to search the vehicle, which Whitehead granted. Prior to the search, Whitehead gave the officer a clear baggie containing a crystal-like substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine.
She was then placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram.
However, during jail processing, jail personnel located another bag of methamphetamine on Whitehead’s person. The weight of both substances together was approximately 4.13 grams.
Whitehead was then charged with possession of a controlled substance between four and 200 grams, and prohibited substance in a correctional facility.
Her bond was set at $15,000 and she was released on bail Friday.
The second traffic stop occurred Thursday around 7:30 p.m. in the 100 block of College Avenue.
The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Judy Cirilo, and passenger, Anthony Ruiz.
According to the arrest warrant, the passenger was looking for the insurance and when he opened the glove compartment, the officer observed a glass pipe in plain view.
That, combined with an odor of marijuana emitting from the car, prompted the officer to conduct a search of the vehicle.
The search yielded a plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance, which later tested positive for methamphetamine. In a backpack in the vehicle, the officer located marijuana.
The methamphetamine weighed 14.49 grams and the marijuana that was located weighed 1.8 lbs.
Both individuals were transported to the Hockley County Jail.
Cirilo was charged with manufacture, delivery, of a controlled substance between four and 200 grams, possession of marijuana between five ounces and four lbs., and driving while license invalid. Her bond was set at $23,500.
Ruiz was charged with possession of marijuana between five ounces and four lbs. His bond was set at $2,500.