Woman loses independence on July 4

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Heflin woman lost her independence July 4 when Webster Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested her on multiple charges.

Andrea F. Grubbs, 39, of the 200 block of Flenniken Trail is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, improperly displayed license plate, no vehicle registration, no insurance and expired license.

Sheriff Jason Parker said Deputy Jacob Winiarski initiated a traffic stop on a black Buick SUV in the early morning hours last Monday.

“The vehicle was northbound on Hwy. 371 when the deputy observed it turn from Nursery Road onto 371 with no license plate,” Parker said. “The driver, later identified as Ms. Grubbs, continued several hundred yards after the initiation of blue emergency lights. She passed multiple well-lit places to pull over, continuing at a low rate of speed.”

Grubbs reportedly stopped at a Sibley church.

“Deputies noticed she seemed extremely nervous and talkative,” Parker said. “She kept tugging at her clothing and seemed extremely hesitant to exit the vehicle.”

Parker said the deputy asked to search her vehicle.

“She admitted to having 2 open containers in her vehicle, including a mixed drink in the cup holder,” said the sheriff. “When she finally gave him consent, he discovered a small pink zipper pouch containing suspected methamphetamine. There was also a pill bottle with an unreadable label and containing 3 unidentifiable pills.”

Once Grubbs was under arrest and had been mirandized, she reportedly told the deputy that she had a pipe hidden in her pants.

“She removed it and gave it to the deputy,” Parker said. “Then she stated that she had found the suspected illegal narcotics and wanted to hold on to them to throw away at a later time.”

Grubbs was booked on the above charges and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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