I-35 Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Seizure, Two Arrests

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

LORENA (April 18, 2014) Two people were in custody Friday after Lorena police stopped a Dodge SUV on Interstate 35 in which a man and a woman were reported to be fighting and discovered a large and varied quantity of drugs.

Michael Edward Oliver, 43, was ordered held on bonds totaling $575,000, charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 4 but less than 200 grams, forgery of a government document, unlawful restraint with serious bodily injury, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance hydrocodone, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance xanax, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance diazepam, assault bodily injury family member and possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces.

Shelly Gail Wyatt, 45, was ordered held on bonds totaling $302,500, charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams, tampering with physical evidence, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance hydrocodone, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance diazepam, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance xanax and possession of marijuana.

Lorena police stopped the 2000 Dodge Durango at around 2 p.m. Thursday at mile marker 335 on the northbound side of Interstate 35 after another driver had called to report that the man driving the SUV was assaulting a female passenger, Lorena police Chief Tom Dickson said.

Traffic was extremely heavy, he said, and it took the Lorena officer several minutes to catch up to the Dodge.

After the driver stopped, the officer searched the Dodge and inside found a significant stash of several different kinds of drugs and a set of scales, Dickson said.

Police also saw the woman in the passenger seat try to hide a pipe as they made the traffic stop.

As police were searching the driver, one officer was slightly injured when he cut his hand on a sharp object the driver had hidden in his pocket, Dickson said.

The officer went to a minor emergency clinic and was treated and had returned to duty Friday, Dickson said.

In an earlier incident, both Wyatt and Oliver were arrested at their home in Lacy Lakeview on Feb. 24 when Lacy Lakeview police and a Waco police SWAT team served a search warrant there and seized a significant amount of methamphetamine, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.


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