MOHAVE VALLEY — A routine traffic stop early Friday morning resulted in the arrest of four area residents on a variety of drug charges.
According to a report from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a blue sedan around midnight at the intersection of Calle Del Media and Cottonwood Lane in Mohave Valley after they reportedly saw non-functioning brake lights.
A short time later, the stop took a different path as deputies learned the identies of the four occupants of the vehicle: the driver, Jessica Lyn Johnson, 28, of Topock; front-seat passenger Ashley Merriman, 32, of Topock; and backseat passengers Aaron Elton Burchett, 44, of Topock; and Margaret Herber, 42, of Bullhead City.
According to reports, Herber initially told officers she didn’t have any identification with her, though deputies saw a purse on the seat next to her. Herber then reportedly told deputies that the purse was hers and that there may have been an outstanding warrant for her arrest.
Herber was detained and a search of the purse was conducted, reportedly revealing a pipe, 3.9 grams of methamphetamine and a small baggie allegedly containing heroin.
Johnson reportedly admitted having a baggie of meth on her as well, producing 0.8 grams of meth.
A pat search of Merriman uncovered 8.1 grams of meth.
Burchett was placed on the shoulder of the roadway during a search of the vehicle and a short time later, deputies reportedly found a baggie with 2.8 grams of meth a short distance from him on the rocks. Deputies reported they had seached the area before placing Burchett on the roadway; Burchett denied discarding any items in his possession.
Herber was arrested on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and on the active warrant.
Johnson, Merriman and Burchett each were arrested for suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
All four were booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.