Two Wayne County residents were arrested on drug related charges, following a traffic stop on Thursday, May 2.

    According to Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron, Deputy Derek Dennis was conducting surveillance on a suspected drug house, when he observed a man and woman leaving the residence. Catron said that Dennis was aware the male driver had a suspended license, so he conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

    Dennis spoke with both the man and the woman and was denied a search 
of the vehicle by the driver. The passenger admitted to having 
narcotics on her. Dennis then deployed his K-9 unit Lyon for a free 
air sniff of the vehicle.
    Lyon alerted on the driver's door area of the vehicle, After a 
search of the vehicle and the two individuals, a total of 10.5 grams 
of methamphetamine, a loaded syringe of methamphetamine, a suboxone 
pill, a digital scale, baggies and $215 in cash.
    Dennis charged Tarisha G. McGinnis, of Monticello, with trafficking 
in a controlled substance first degree (greater than or equal to two 
grams of methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance 
second degree (drug unspecified) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Dennis charged Dustin Southwood, of Monticello, with possession of a 
controlled substance first degree (methamphetamine), possession of 
drug paraphernalia, operating on a motor vehicle on a suspended or 
revoked operator's license and a traffic violation.
    McGinnis and Southwood were lodged in the Wayne County Detention 
    Dennis was assisted by Deputy Joe Horn, Deputy James Barnett, Deputy Brent Rose and Deputy Jerry Coffey. The investigation is continuing.

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