WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest

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Vickie Austin

On Monday, October 9th, at approximately 12:47 am a patrol officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a tan 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche for a traffic violation in the 2900 block of Hamilton.  The vehicle was occupied by two females. The driver of the vehicle was identified as 58 year old Vickie Austin.  When officers asked Austin for her driver’s license she stated she did not have one.

As officers were doing an inventory of the vehicle prior to having it impounded due to the driver not having a valid driver’s license officers located an open purse in the front seat. Inside the purse officers located a metal rod that is common with drug use along with two glass pipes.  A further search revealed cubes of a white substance weighing 4.9 grams wrapped in a small plastic bag, another bag containing a white crystal type substance weighing 1.2 grams, multiple pills and over $1,600.00 in cash.  The cubes showed a positive field test for cocaine and the white crystal showed a positive field test for methamphetamine. The pills were identified as Alprazolam which Austin was unable to provide a prescription for.

Austin was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where she was charged with two counts of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and one count of possession of a controlled substance in penalty group three.  The stopped occurred within 1000 feet of Hamilton Park which enhanced the charges due to it being a drug free zone.

The passenger was released on scene.

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