Heroin hidden under driver’s seat lands couple in jail for possession PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 00:00

A couple driving through Scottsburg were arrested on Tuesday, November 21, by Scottsburg police after the man was recognized as being wanted on an arrest warrant.

A vehicle driven by Malcum L. Abner, 37, formerly of Austin and now with a Seymour address, passed Scottsburg Patrolman L. Travis Rutherford as the officer was stopped at South Railroad and Green Streets. Ptl. Rutherford said he recognized Abner and knew there was a warrant for his arrest. He radioed Sgt. Brian Hall for assistance.

Sgt. Hall got behind Abner and stopped the blue Chevy Cavalier. Ptl. Rutherford pulled his patrol car in front of the Chevy.

As Ptl. Rutherford got Abner to step out of the vehicle, Sgt. Hall watched Abner’s passenger, Samantha A. Wright, 29, Louisville, Ky.

The patrolman said he noted that, as Abner exited the car, he seemed to try to put a small object down the front of his pants. That object then dropped to the ground and was retrieved. The small baggie had heroin in it, according to the probable cause affidavit. A syringe was found in the driver’s seat after Abner had been placed under arrest.

Chief Deputy Shawn Mayer arrived with K-9 Arina. The dog indicated that other drugs may be in the Chevy, and the affidavit said that three additional baggies of heroin were found under a floor mat.

Both Abner and Wright were charged with Level 6 felony possession of a narcotic drug. Abner was also charged with Level 5 felony operating a vehicle after a lifetime suspension of driving privileges and Level 6 felonies of maintaining a common nuisance and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Wright’s additional charge was a misdemeanor, visiting a common nuisance.

Both were assigned an initial jury trial date of February 26. Bail for Wright is set at $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash. Bail for Abner is $50,000 by surety bond or $5,000 cash.

Abner got more court time than his companion on November 22. He also had initial hearings on an October Level 6 felony charge of escape and an October warrant for his arrest for failing to appear for a final pre-trial conference on an Habitual Offender Status charge.

In both cases, an initial jury trial date of February 26 was scheduled. Bail was set at $25,000 by surety bond or $2,500 cash on the escape charge. The Prosecutor’s Office also filed a motion to revoke Abner’s release on an earlier $2,500 bond.

He has the assistance of public defenders in the earlier cases.