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Driver and passenger net drug charges during traffic stop

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By Jennifer Caldwell

An outstanding warrant led to a long list of charges for a LaFollette woman last week.

On Friday Officer Tony Rucker pulled Victoria Gail Rigney, 24, of 315 West Walden Street, over for a traffic violation.

During the stop Rucker discovered Rigney was wanted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on an attachment for child support.

Rigney’s passenger Samantha D. Wallace, 20, of 1714 Chestnut Stump Road, also found herself in hot water during the stop.

When Wallace exited the vehicle Rucker allegedly observed “a large lump” in Wallace’s pants. When questioned by Rucker, Wallace reported that it was “nothing”, records indicate.

After being advised that Rucker would call for a female officer to conduct a search Wallace allegedly gave Officer William Owens a black case containing nine syringes, seven straws and three corner cut baggies among other items.

Wallace was placed in the back of Rucker’s patrol car where she was allegedly observed by Officer Josh Vann trying to hide something under the seat.

When she was removed from the patrol unit officers were able to locate a used syringe as well as a white pill identified as oxycontin.

Rigney and Wallace were being escorted into the Campbell County Jail when a small plastic bag containing white powder fell between them.

Rigney was arrested and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, attachment child support, destruction of evidence, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and public intoxication.  She was held on a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 16.

Wallace was arrested and charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, destruction of evidence, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.  

She was held on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 16.