UNION COUNTY — Two women are facing multiple drug charges as well as a firearms charge after allegedly being found with methamphetamine and heroin and a gun in their car.
Kathryn Parrish, 53, 127 Orin Graham Circle, Pauline, and Melissa Lee Hartsoe, 49, 160 Reedy Street, Roebuck, are both charged by the Union County Sheriff’s Office with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
The incident report states that on Friday, Aug. 18, deputies received information about two women in a dark in color Pontiac Sunfire delivering a large quantity of methamphetamine. The report states the information the deputies received stated the women were going to the Li’L Cricket in Buffalo to deliver the methamphetamine. It states deputies then set up surveillance around the store and that at approximately 2:16 a.m. received information that the Pontiac with the two women had just pulled up at the store.
The report states deputies then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the store parking lot. It states they spoke to the driver, Parrish, and told her why she was being stopped. The report states deputies also spoke to the passenger, Hartsoe, and asked both women to step out of the vehicle. It states a deputy then asked Parrish if there was anything in the vehicle and she said she did not know. The report states the deputy asked her to tell the truth and Parrish said she had a little methamphetamine inside her purse. It states deputies retrieved the purse and collected a bag of methamphetamine.
The report states deputies then asked Hartsoe if there was anymore methamphetamine inside the vehicle and she said yes, about an ounce. It states deputies asked Hartsoe where it was and she said in a bag in the vehicle. The report states Hartsoe also said there was a handgun inside the bag. It states deputies searched the bag and found a large quantity of methamphetamine with a field weight of 27.1 grams; a quantity of a dark in color substance believed to be heroin; several empty baggies, digital scales, and a 9mm Highpoint handgun.
Deputies then asked Hartsoe about the dark in color substance and the report states she said it was heroin. The report states deputies also found a loaded needle containing a dark in color substance. When asked by deputies what the substance in the needle was, the report states Hartsoe said it was heroin.
Both women were then placed under arrest for trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during a violent crime. They were then transported to the Union County Jail.
The report states $12 was seized from Parrish while $84 was seized from Hartsoe. It states the Pontiac was seized from Parrish because of the amount of methamphetamine found in it.