A pair of Arkansas travelers were arrested on drug charges Wednesday night outside a West Des Moines motel.
Jami Rae Avinger, 38, of 1500 S. Dallas St., Fort Smith, Arkansas, was arrested on an Arkansas warrant for parole violation on an original charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and on charges of first-offense possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Raynold C. West Jr., 32, of 3209 S. 42nd St., Fort Smith, Arkansas, was charged with first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana.
The incident began about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Jordan Creek Parkway in West Des Moines, where officers of the West Des Moines Police Department “came into contact with” Avinger and West in a parked 2008 BMW, according to court records.
According to court records, Avinger “knowingly and willingly possessed a white crystalline substance, consistent with methamphetamine, in a hide which was concealed as a
oven cleaner can.” A glass pipe for smoking methamphetamine was also “located inside the hide.”
West was found in possession of “a baggy of marijuana along with a marijuana cigarillo blunt,” according to court records.
Avinger is held without bond in the Dallas County Jail. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 11 in Dallas County District Court.
Avinger was convicted of speeding, no valid driver’s license and operating with registration in July in Pottawattamie County District Court.
West is held without bond in the Dallas County Jail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 11 in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.