Jan 13, 2020 5:07 PM

More than a pound of meth, guns located during traffic stop

Posted Jan 13, 2020 5:07 PM

More than a pound of methamphetamine, two guns, and the true identity of a passenger were found after a traffic stop on East Elm Street early Sunday morning.

<b>Sophia Lamas.</b> Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff
Sophia Lamas. Photos courtesy Saline County Sheriff

Saline County Undersheriff Brent Melander said Monday that at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 200 block of East Elm Street, a deputy noticed an orange 2007 Chevrolet Cavalier commit a traffic violation. The deputy stopped the car, which was driven by Sophia Lamas, 34, of Salina, he said.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that Lamas was driving on a suspended license and that a purse in the car held 1.25 pounds of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun, Melander said.

<b>Joanna Deniston.</b>
Joanna Deniston.

Additionally, a female in the front passenger seat was arrested when the name she gave the deputy turned up with outstanding warrants, however it turned out that the woman had given the deputy the name of someone else who happened to have outstanding warrants, Melander explained. Turns out the passenger really was Joanna Deniston, 29, of Salina, he said.

A second gun, allegedly associated with Deniston, also was located in the car, Melander said.

Lamas was arrested on suspicion of the following, Melander said.

Distribution of a controlled substance

No tax stamp

Interference with a law enforcement officer

Criminal use of a firearm by a controlled substance abuser

Driving while a habitual violator

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Improper vehicle registration

Operating a motor vehicle without a valid license

Unsafe turning or stopping

One outstanding warrant

Deniston was arrested on suspicion of the following, Melander said.

Distribution of an opiate, opium, narcotic, certain stimulant

No tax stamp

Interference with a law enforcement officer

Criminal possession of a weapon by a felon

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Two outstanding warrants of her own

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Saline County Jail Booking Activity – Monday

Name: Espinosa,Cody Charles

Charges: Assault

Criminal Damage to Property; Misdemeanor

Criminal trespass; Property as posted per KSA 32-1013

Theft of prop/services:Value less than $1,500

Violation of protection order; Unknown circumstance

Name: Lamas,Sophia Alyssa

Charges: Criminal use of weapon; Poss firearm by cont sub user

Distribute opiate, opium, narcotic, certain stimulant; 100 grams - < 1 kilogram

Driving while habitual violator

Taxation; Drugs; No drug tax stamp for marijuana or cont substance

Unlawful acts: vehicle registration violation

Use/poss drug paraphernalian/human body

Use/poss drug paraphernalian/human body

Name: Deniston,Joanna Lynn

Charges: Criminal possession weapon by felon; Conv w/in 5 yrs

Distribute opiate, opium, narcotic, certain stimulant; 100 grams - < 1 kilogram

Interf w/LEO; obstr/resist/oppose felony warrant

Probation Violation

Probation Violation

Taxation; Drugs; No drug tax stamp for marijuana or cont substance

Use/poss drug paraphernalian/human body

Name: Tatro,Robert Theodore

Charges: Probation Violation

Name: Snell,Wesley Andrew

Charges: Domestic Battery: rude physical contact

Name: Halpain,Mathue Richard

Charges: Battery; Phys contact rude/insult/angry manner

Name: Paulson,Kathy Lynn

Charges: Domestic Battery: rude physical contact

Name: Sheppard,Douglas

Charges: Driving While Suspended

No Proof Of Insurance

Name: Lopez-Garcia,Ricardo Adolfo

Charges: Outside warrant/NCIC hit

Name: Milleson,Janelle Nicole

Charges: Outside warrant/NCIC hit

Recent Booking Activity for the Saline County Jail. All persons included in this post are innocent of crimes until proven guilty in a court of law. Courtesy Photos