Lawson woman charged with drug possession

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer observed a female driving a white Honda van speeding in the left lane of traffic on eastbound Interstate 70.

A probable cause statement said the officer proceeded to follow and noted her decreasing her speed and weaving within the lane of traffic. A traffic stop was initiated at the 74 mile marker.

The officer of record made contact with the driver and passenger, who were identified as Victoria M. Knight, 36, and Desmon R. Knight, 37, both of Lawson, Mo. The occupants advised they were moving from the Kansas City area to Florida. The patrol officer noted a strong odor of marijuana, according to the statement.

A check of the vehicle's occupants revealed Victoria's license was suspended and had three active arrest warrants from Bates County. Desmon's driver's license was valid, but had two active arrest warrants out of Bates County and several non-extraditable warrants out of the greater Kansas City area.

After calling for assistance from Saline County deputies, Victoria advised the highway patrol officer there were "a couple joints" inside a cigarette case. A deputy arrived and the patrol officer conducted a vehicle search.

The officer of record located a metal cigarette case, containing a baggie of suspected methamphetamine, which weighed approximately one gram, according to the probable cause statement. Upon further search of the vehicle, the officer located a black duffle bag, containing a baggie of approximately 15 grams of marijuana and various paraphernalia.

The marijuana, methamphetamine, and a glass smoking pipe were seized as evidence.

Both were processed at the Saline County Sheriff's Department and both given citations for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Victoria was also charged with a class D misdemeanor of driving while revoked or suspended first offense, according to unofficial online court documents. A $7,500 cash or surety bond with conditions was also set for Victoria.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges much be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.