Crime Stoppers busts drugs

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 29, 2004

A tip to Crime Stoppers led to the discovery of what appeared to be four marijuana plants and crack-cocaine in Orrville on Tuesday.

According to Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman Jr., a Tuesday morning call to Crime Stoppers informed his department about the presence of marijuana plants at 3782 County Rd. 33. Assistant Deputy Chief Wayne Odom and narcotics investigator DeWayne Sanders followed up on the tip at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The deputies discovered an inoperable van on the property, Huffman said. &uot;They noticed, in plain view, a marijuana plant growing in the van,&uot; Huffman added.

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The pair then knocked on the front door of the home. When Kijunia Stepney, 26, answered the door, she was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and harassment.

Huffman noted that Stepney had an outstanding arrest warrant for harassment.

The deputies smelled marijuana as they entered the home and discovered what appeared to be three more marijuana plants in the kitchen as well as a marijuana cigarette in an ashtray. They also found what Huffman described as a crack-cocaine rock and a clear, plastic bag filled with white powder in the bedroom.

The crack-cocaine is estimated at $20 and the plants, once reaching maturity, would be worth about $8,000, Huffman said.

The deputies brought Stepney to the Dallas County Jail under $5,500 bond. She made bond later that day.