Ellettsville woman attempts to conceal drugs in her waistband, arrest made

BEDFORD – An Ellettsville woman was arrested early Monday morning after a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped a 2020 Ford Fusion vehicle for speeding on State Road 37. The driver stopped just north of Salt Creek bridge.

The male driver, Anthony Venegas admitted to speeding. He denied having anything illegal in the vehicle.

The officer told the driver he could smell the odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Venegas then leaned over and handed the officer a burnt marijuana roach.

Julia Dephue

Both were asked to exit the vehicle. During a pat-down of the passenger 29-year-old Julia Dephue, of Ellettsville, police found a small glass jar containing marijuana, a smoking device containing marijuana wax, and a small container with Xanax and Alprazolam pills all hidden in Dephue’s waistband. She admitted to attempting to hide the items from officers.

Inside the vehicle officers found several marijuana roaches, a plastic container with a rolled marijuana cigarette, and a marijuana vape cartridge.

Police released Venegras since the vehicle belonged to Dephue and no drug items were found on his possession.

Dephue was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.