- Thursday November 8th, 2012 :: 08:42 a.m. CST
Deputies arrest 48yo James Clark and 41yo Alisa Scala on felony drug charges after traffic stop for expired tags.
Traffic stop results in two arrests on felony drug charges
The Sentinel-Record staff
An early morning traffic stop on a vehicle with expired tags led to the arrest of a Royal man and local woman on felony drug charges Wednesday.
James Anthony Clark Sr., 48, who lists an address of 112 Cavanaugh Road, and Alisa Joann Scala, 41, who lists an address of 175 Pinehill Road, were taken into custody shortly after 5 a.m. and both charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamines, and possession of drug paraphernalia, each punishable by up to six years in prison.
Clark and Scala, who both have prior felony convictions, remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $5,000 bond and are set to appear in Garland County District Court on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13, respectively.
According to the affidavit, shortly after 4 a.m., Garland County Sheriff’s Deputy J.T. Dunn was northbound on Central Avenue near Amity Road in front of a red S-10 pickup with its bright lights on. The vehicle turned on Pinehill Road so Dunn turned around and caught up to it.
He ran the license plate which showed to be expired in 2010, but the plate was displaying a 2013 tab. GCSD Cpl. Greg Kellar radioed Dunn that the same vehicle had just evaded him on Highway 290, so Dunn stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of Pinehill.
Kellar arrived to assist and the deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Clark, and the passenger, identified as Scala, and learned Clark had a suspended driver’s license and was unable to provide proof of registration or insurance.
Dunn asked why he tried to avoid the deputy on 290 and Clark denied it. Dunn then asked why he turned on Pinehill when he saw Dunn in front of him and Clark changed the subject, Dunn said.
Dunn asked him what was in the vehicle that he “needed to know about” and Clark said, “Nothing,” and gave him consent to search.
The deputies got them out of the pickup and separated them and Kellar asked Scala where “the dope” was located. The report notes the deputies had prior knowledge both suspects abused meth.
Scala allegedly pulled a corner baggie of a white powder that later tested for meth, approximately 1 gram, out of her bra. She stated Clark had handed it to her and told her to put it in her bra when Dunn got behind them.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies located eight syringes in a plastic folder in the bed, two syringes in Scala’s purse and numerous pills on Scala’s person.
Clark later gave a statement that he and Scala went to a house off Jack Mountain Road where Scala bought some meth with her money. They left and were “headed to consume the meth” when they were stopped. Scala’s statement was similar to Clark’s.
In addition to the felony charges, Clark was also cited for fictitious tags, driving on a suspended license, no insurance, no registration and failure to dim his lights.
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