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County seeks forfeiture of car in drug case

Staff writer

The sheriff’s office is seeking to seize a 2000 Toyota Camry owned by Bernadette M. Paris, Moundridge, who was arrested July 10 on suspicion of drug charges.

According to an affidavit filed Friday in support forfeiture of the car, the Camry was pulled over after it was spotted being driven in Peabody with one headlight out.

The driver, Jackie McHolland of Moundridge, and passengers Paris, Michelle L. Stevens of Peabody, and David L. Bean of Newton, were arrested after deputies Joel Womochil and Matt Regier found a syringe and a bag of crystals. They said both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Deputies also reported finding an assortment of drugs, including marijuana, a bottle of prescription pills with the wrong name on it, and drug paraphernalia.

Stevens was arrested on suspicion of distribution of a depressant and possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, an unknown controlled substance, and an unlawful prescription drug.

Paris was arrested on suspicion of possession of opiates, drug paraphernalia, unlawful prescription drugs, and a hallucinogenic drug.

Bean was arrested on suspicion of distribution of a depressant, possession of drug paraphernalia, stimulants, and an unlawful prescription drug, and having no drug tax stamp for marijuana.

McHolland was arrested on suspicion of possession of opiates, stimulants, drug paraphernalia, and an unlawful prescription drug; failure to display evidence of liability insurance; and interference with law enforcement by concealing, altering, or destroying evidence.

Paris has 30 days to ask the county attorney to exempt the car from forfeiture, file a legal claim to the car, or do nothing and the car will be ordered forfeited.

Forfeited vehicles typically are sold and the proceeds used to fund drug investigations.

Last modified Aug. 11, 2022