Trio arrested after traffic stop leads to heroin discovery

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. - A typical traffic stop by an Indiana state trooper led to a drug bust and multiple arrests last Friday.

State trooper Jimmy Wells stopped Destanee E. Gaines, 21, of Cincinnati, at about 11 a.m. while she was driving eastbound on I-74 in Dearborn County, according to a statement from Indiana State Police. Wells developed probable cause to search the vehicle and found three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of heroin located inside the driver's side door panel of Gaines' 2012 Chevrolet Caprice.

Wells learned that Gaines was supposed to deliver the heroin — valued at $450,000 — to Aldon Webb, Jr., 30, of Cincinnati. After Gaines' arrest, police informed Webb that the car was taken to a Lawrenceburg, Ind., towing company, but Webb did not know the heroin had been discovered, according to Indiana State Police.

Wells and Lawrenceburg police maintained surveillance of the car and arrested Webb when he arrived at the towing company and attempted to remove the driver's side door panel at about 10:30 p.m., as he allegedly was searching for the heroin.

Brittany D. Russell, 24, of Trotwood, Ohio, accompanied Webb to the towing company and was arrested after police found a small amount of marijuana in her possession.

All three were transported to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, where Gaines and Webb face charges for dealing and conspiring to deal narcotics. Both charges are Class A felonies.

Gaines also was charged with possession of marijuana, as was Russell. That charge is a Class A misdemeanor.

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