Two arrested on drug violations and weapons charges

Published 11:27 am Friday, September 15, 2023

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On September 14, at approximately 8 a.m., officers responded to a report of two individuals asleep in a vehicle in the parking lot of Village East Apartments at 200 North East St. The vehicle, a gold Honda Accura, was found parked near a dumpster.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a female, identified as Katrina A. Tessa, in the driver’s seat, appearing unconscious but breathing. In the passenger seat, a male subject, identified as David A. Linton, was also found unconscious but breathing.

Officers approached Tessa and requested that she roll down the vehicle’s window or open the door for communication. Upon opening the door, officers observed a loaded needle in the driver’s side door compartment, along with a large metal spoon. Both Tessa and Linton were asked to exit the vehicle, and consent was obtained to search their persons.

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During the search of Linton’s person, officers discovered a glass “bubble” pipe connected to a long piece of black tubing in his right jeans pocket. Subsequently, Linton was detained due to the presence of multiple weapons visible inside the vehicle.

Further inspection was conducted, leading to a probable cause search of the vehicle. Inside the driver’s side floorboard, officers uncovered a large plastic bag containing approximately 1 pound 5.4 ounces of an unknown crystalline substance. Additionally, a second loaded needle was found under the driver’s side dash, along with multiple unopened bags of capped syringes stuffed inside the door. A small baggie containing six peach-colored capsules marked “D 04,” preliminarily identified as Gabapentin, was located, as well as a set of black “brass knuckles” in the center console.

Both Tessa and Linton now face various drug violations and weapons charges, reflecting the gravity of the situation. The investigation remains ongoing, and further legal proceedings are expected to follow.