Multiple syringes, scales, plastic baggies, alcohol wipes and meth were located in a car that was pulled over in a recent traffic stop in Murfreesboro.
Reports indicate 26 year old Bonita Camille Kirby was pulled over after failing to stop prior to exiting the parking lot of Select Inn on South Church Street this past Wednesday (5/18/16) afternoon at 3:00. When police first spoke to Kirby, she allegedly gave officers a false name and date of birth. Officers then confirmed her real name to be Bonita Kirby.
During the stop it was realized that Kirby was not supposed to be driving as her license was revoked for failing to pay a citation. She also had two warrants for failing to appear in court.
Kirby exercised her rights to refuse to allow police to search her car during the stop. However, a drug sniffing dog was brought in and alerted that drugs were likely in the car. That is when police conducted a "Probable Cause Search."
Inside the car police found not only syringes, but also meth. Kirby was quickly arrested and carted off to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.
Police say they asked the woman multiple times if she had anything illegal on her person which she replied "No," according to an arrest report. But, once at the jail she produced a cut straw with what looked to be meth residue on it. During a strip search, detention officers located a bag in her anus that contained "residue" inside of it. The officers also noticed a white residue around her... Well, you get the idea. As a precaution, the woman was taken to the hospital to be medically cleared. After being cleared, she was placed behind bars under a $58,000 bond.
Kirby was served two warrants for failing to appear in court, charged with driving on a revoked license, tampering with evidence, bringing contraband into a jail and felony possession of a schedule two drug.
As of Thursday afternoon, Kirby was still behind bars.
MPD Arrest 16-9971
What is a Probable Cause Search:
Probable cause is a reasonable belief that a person has committed or will commit a crime. For probable cause to exist, a police officer must have sufficient knowledge of facts to warrant a belief that a suspect is committing a crime. The belief must be based on factual evidence, not just on suspicion. In this case, the evidence was a police K9 alerting to a smell of drugs.