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Traffic Stop Results In Drug Arrests

By Staff | Feb 10, 2009

A traffic stop late last Tuesday near Emmetsburg resulted in the arrest of two individuals on multiple drug charges. Alisha Mary Johnson of Royal and Kinte Lee Smith of Waterloo were arrested by Iowa State Patrol Trooper Doug Drost as the result of a routine traffic stop east of Emmetsburg.

According to Sergeant Brad Krei of the Iowa State Patrol’s District Six office in Spencer, Trooper Drost executed a traffic stop on a 1996 Chrysler Concorde at 4:57 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, one and a half miles east of Emmetsburg on U.S. Highway 18. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle, who was later identified at 30-year old Alisha Mary Johnson of Royal, allegedly gave Trooper Drost inaccurate information regarding her identity. After being made aware of the consequences of providing false information to a peace officer, Johnson continued to give inaccurate information to the trooper. A passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Kinte Lee Smith,28, of Waterloo, also had his identification checked during the course of the traffic stop.

After the passenger provided his identification, the driver finally produced her identification for the officer. In checking the status of the driver’s licensing, it was determined that Johnson was barred from driving. Trooper Drost contacted Palo Alto County Deputy Sheriff Dan Ring and K-9 Rakker for assistance at the location of the stop. Deputy Ring and Rakker made a cursory examination of the vehicle and Rakker alerted on the trunk of the vehicle. The trunk was opened and officers discovered approximately a pound and a half of marijuana in the trunk, along with $758 in cash, which was seized by authorities.

Following the discovery of the marijuana, both Johnson and Smith were arrested and transported to the Palo Alto County Jail.

Alisha Mary Johnson was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver, and a Drug Tax Stamp Violation, as well as Driving While Barred. Kinte Lee Smith was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver and a Drug Tax Stamp Violation. Additionally, Johnson’s 1996 Chrysler was also seized and impounded by authorities following the stop. Both Johnson and Smith were booked into the Palo Alto County Jail to await court appearances on the charges against them.