A drug investigation by the Sheriff's Department has resulted in charges against two women with more arrests expected soon.
53 year old Belinda Harriett Harness and 35 year old Lisa Michelle Porterfield, both of Tami Kay Road, Dowelltown were arrested Monday, August 13 by the sheriff's department.
Harness is charged with two counts of possession of a schedule II drug for resale (dilaudid and methamphetamine). Harness was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule III drug (hydrocodone). Her bond is $30,000 and she will be in court on August 30.
Porterfield is charged with one count of possession of a schedule II drug for resale (dilaudid). Porterfield was further issued a citation for driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $25,000 and she will be in court August 30
According to Sheriff Ray, a search warrant was drawn up and executed at the home of Porterfield at 166 Tami Kay Road after drug detectives of the sheriff's department were able to make some controlled drug buys from there. Harness was present at the home when officers arrived to serve the search warrant.
While executing the search warrant Monday, detectives found in the master bedroom, two baggies that field tested positive for methamphetamine, a schedule II drug. Approximately twenty one hypodermic needles were also found along with four yellow pills, believed to be hydrocodone (a schedule III drug), three straws, one spoon, and two pieces of aluminum foil used for smoking. Harness produced from her body cavity, a bottle containing twenty one dilaudid pills, a schedule II drug. She was arrested and taken to the jail for booking.
Porterfield was arrested Monday during a traffic stop on King Ridge Road. An officer of the Sheriff's Department, having prior knowledge that her license were suspended, pulled over Porterfield. She was driving an automobile belonging to Belinda Harness, that the sheriff's department intended to seize. Porterfield, who is on probation, gave the officer consent to search. Found in her purse were a pill bottle containing four dilaudid pills (a schedule II drug), one needle, two straws, and $147 in cash. She was arrested and taken to the jail. A computer check confirmed her drivers license was suspended.
Meanwhile, the search of Porterfield's home turned up twenty one yellow dilaudid pills, which were seized, along with a digital camera, four cell phones, $123 in cash taken from Harness, a baggie containing a white rock which field tested positive for methamphetamine, two pieces of burned aluminum foil, a bottle of water which was believed to be used to dilute the pills so they could be injected, four straws, a spoon, four hydrocodone pills, and a box containing eight needles, a 2003 Ford Explorer belonging to Harness, $147 taken from Porterfield.
Sheriff Ray said if you know of anyone dealing in drugs or who may be involved in other crimes, please contact the sheriff's department's crime tip line. "We encourage anyone to call us if they have knowledge or are suspicious of anyone selling drugs. Our crime tip line is available, not only to report the illegal sale of drugs, but any other sort of crime. That number is 464-6400. You're encouraged to call that number and report any tips you may have that could help solve a crime," he said.