Two Fort Worth residents received a trip to the Johnson County Jail on Saturday after they picked the wrong place to park in Alvarado.
An Alvarado officer conducted a traffic stop at 2:22 p.m. on the couple’s Toyota near the 29-mile marker on Interstate 35W because their car was parked in a handicapped spot, but sported no handicap placard.
The driver and passenger made furtive movements inside the vehicle as the officer approached, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The officer made contact with the driver, Raven Chere Nichols, 25, at which time he noticed a male child asleep in the rear passenger side seat. Police determined that the child belongs to Nichols.
During that time the passenger, David Cornelius King, 31, dropped a cigarette on the ground. The officer asked him to step out of the vehicle and pick it up, which King did.
Nichols retrieved a handicap placard from the center console, which was later determined not to be hers.
While speaking to Nichols the officer noticed a pill bottle between the passenger seat and center console, which he asked to see. The bottle contained “small pills shaped in different shapes that appeared to be ecstasy and a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana,” according to the affidavit.
The ecstasy weighed 1.4 grams. Both Nichols and King denied ownership of the bottle.
The officer asked Nichols to step from the vehicle and noticed that she had a fanny pack strapped to her waist. Nichols answered no when asked if she had anything illegal in the fanny pack, according to the affidavit, and agreed to let the officer search the pack. The officer found a clear plastic wrap containing a white, powdery substance that appeared to be cocaine in the pack.
A female officer was called to the scene to pat Nichols down. That officer found another plastic wrap containing white powder and a second plastic wrap containing a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana in Nichols’ pants.
The white powder, which totaled 1.5 grams, tested positive for cocaine.
Police arrested Nichols on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one of abandon/endanger a child. Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom set her bonds at $15,000 and placed a condition of bond requiring drug testing.
Police arrested King on one count of possession of a controlled substance and one of abandon/endanger a child. King was also arrested on an unrelated warrant for assault bodily injury by impeding breath.
McBroom set his bonds at $22,500 and placed a condition of bond requiring drug testing.