Canine Flek makes drug alert, Mitchell woman arrested

MITCHELL – A Mitchell woman was arrested Tuesday after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a pickup truck pulling a utility trailer on State Road 37, south of Rariden Hill. 

The officer stopped the vehicle in the Sinclair gas station parking lot because the license plate on the trailer was expired.

There were three occupants in the vehicle, including the driver 36-year-old Kristina Smith, a male, and a male child.

Kristina Smith

While speaking with Smith and the occupants of the truck the officer noticed the license plate on the Dodge Ram pickup was also expired. 

Deputy Michael Williams arrived on the scene with his canine partner Flek who alerted officers to possible drugs in the vehicle.

Canine Flek

Police found an uncapped syringe and a small baggy containing Heroin in Smith’s wallet. No other illegal items were located in the vehicle.

The adult male was released from the scene. The male child was picked up from the scene by his grandmother.

The vehicle and trailer were impounded. 

Smith was transported to the Lawrence County Jail on charges of possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, and neglect of a dependent.

Child Protective Services was then alerted.

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