A traffic stop by a St. Robert Police Department (SRPD) officer resulted in a drug bust where Tyron Porter, 22, of St. Robert, is now facing eight different charges related to drugs and guns, along with the driver of the vehicle, Brittney J. Andrews, 20, of St. Robert, who is facing five charges.
Porter has been charged by the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney, Kevin Hillman, with multiple counts that include class C felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance, three counts of Class D felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, and four counts of class E felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon while possessing more than 35 grams of marijuana.
According to the probable cause statement, the SRPD officer noticed the vehicle Porter was discovered in, as a passenger, was "being operated with inoperable brake lights." The officer reported that a traffic stop was initiated and the vehicle stopped.
"I advised the driver the reason for the stop and detected a strong odor of marijuana omitting from inside the vehicle," the investigating officer reported in the probable cause statement.
The driver of the vehicle was a female named Brittney J. Andrews, 20, of St. Robert. Andrews has been charged with multiple counts, as well, including class C felony Delivery of a Controlled Substance and four counts of class E felony Unlawful Use of a Weapon while possessing more than 35 grams of marijuana.
The investigating officer reported that the driver was informed that a probable cause search would be performed due to "the odor of marijuana."
"Porter advised that they had just smoked a blunt," the investigating officer wrote in the probable cause statement.
According to the charging document, a K-9 unit was requested by the investigating officer and both occupants of the vehicle were asked to step out. A search was conducted without incident, according to SRPD's statement, and a bag of marijuana was allegedly discovered in the back seat and on Porter's person at the scene, as well as another bag during booking that allegedly contained pills, later identified as Oxycodone (30 mg), Alprazolam (2 mg), and Alprazolam (1 mg) and a chalky substance that a test allegedly revealed to be heroin.
Inside the vehicle, during the search with the K-9, more marijuana was allegedly discovered in bags various places inside the vehicle, along with several firearms and ammunition, as well as a total of $555.
The probable cause statement said that marijuana was allegedly discovered in a "sack on the rear passenger floor board," in the front passenger door pocket inside "a posted cardboard mail box," "in the floor board of the back passenger side," and "a black Nike bag on the rear passenger seat yielded a large vacuum sealed bag of individual bags of marijuana," as well as on Porter's person
According to the probable cause statement the firearms allegedly discovered inside the vehicle included a black 1911 .45, a black "S&W MP 9mm," an American Tac AR 15, and a "S&W AR 15."
The official charges against Porter name the drugs allegedly in Porter's possession as more than 35 grams of marijuana, heroin, oxycodone, and alprazolam. Porter is facing three to 10 years for the Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge, two to seven years for each felony Possession charge, and two to four years for each weapons charge, if convicted.
Judge Colin Long set Porter's bond at $200,000 cash or surety and the case is set for an advice of council hearing on February 6.
Andrews is facing three to 10 years for the Delivery of a Controlled Substance charge, two to seven years for each felony Possession charge, and two to four years for each weapons charge, if convicted.
Judge Colin Long originally set her bond at $200,000 but that was reduced to $50,000 with the order that she would reside with her father in St. Louis, only returning to Pulaski County for court proceedings, according to the original Case Net case. Andrews is set to return to court, according to Case Net, Feb. 21, 2018.
The Daily Guide was unable to reach St. Robert Police Chief Curtis Currenton for comment on this story prior to print.