PLAINS TWP. — A traffic stop made because of a vehicle following another too closely resulted in the discovery of 175 heroin packets and the arrests of two people from New York, state police at Wyoming said.
Lawanda Laquazar Slade, 33, of Brooklyn, and Chuckie Stevenson McDaniels, 39, of Uniondale, were arraigned Wednesday on two counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy and attempting to destroy evidence. Slade was also charged with a traffic citation and McDaniels charged with escape, resisting arrest and providing false identification to law enforcement.
State police said they stopped Slade for following another vehicle too closely twhile traveling on state Route 115 Tuesday night.
According to the criminal complaints:
A trooper during the traffic stop detected an odor of marijuana coming from the car. Slade told the trooper the passenger was her brother but did not know his last name. Slade surrendered a bag containing marijuana from her bra.
As the trooper returned to his cruiser, McDaniels ran away, initiating a chase along Route 115 and behind houses. McDaniels was stunned by a Taser. He fought with two troopers and then stunned a second time, the complaints state.
State police recovered eight heroin packets on the ground next to the car. Slade said she dropped the packets from her pants when McDaniels ran away, according to the complaints.
Slade told state police she was paid $350 to drive McDaniels to a place in Plymouth. She said McDaniels hid heroin packets in her pants when she was stopped on Route 115, the complaints allege.
McDaniels allegedly told state police he planned to meet his cousins at a garage in Plymouth to give them heroin.
State police said in the complaint they recovered 175 heroin packets wrapped in plastic and paper towels during the traffic stop.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Aug. 13.