arrested following routine traffic stop
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A routine traffic stop turned into two people being taken into custody
after it was determined there were drugs in the car they were in.
According to information from Sgt. Noel Houze Jr. of the Indiana
State Police, James Dobbs, 32, of Osgood, and Rhonda Dobbs, 36,
of Batesville, were both incarcerated in the Ripley County Jail
after they were stopped last Friday, August 24, on I-74 east of
Batesville near the westbound rest area for a minor traffic violation.
During the stop, ISP Trooper Chris Richey walked his K-9 partner,
Heiko, around the 2001 Dodge they were in. The K-9 unit alerted
on the vehicle and a search turned up approximately 24 grams of
crack cocaine valued at approximately $1000. This was concealed
on the passenger, James Dobbs.
James Dobbs was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute
Cocaine (over 3 grams), a Class A Felony and Possession of Cocaine
(over 3 grams) a Class C Felony.
The driver, Rhonda Dobbs, was charged with Conspiracy to Possess
With Intent to Deliver Cocaine (over 3 grams) a Class A Felony and
Conspiracy to Possess (over 3 grams) a Class C Felony.
Assisting Trooper Richey were troopers Jimmy Wells, Chris Clark
and Brent Miller.