Two arrested after meth discovered during traffic stop in Orange

Chasity Lynette Barks and Pablo Riojas Jr.

A man and woman were arrested in Orange after a traffic stop led police to the discovery of methamphetamine inside the vehicle on Jan. 11, reports the Orange Police Department.

OPD Officer Patrick McDonald reports that while on patrol at about 9:24 p.m., he responded to a call from other officers reporting a vehicle that would not stop for police attempting to pull the SUV over for a traffic violation. The vehicle eventually stopped, McDonald reports, and he approached the female identified as Chasity Lynette Barks of Louisiana. Another officer spoke with the male, identified as Pablo Riojas Jr. of Orange.

After Barks reportedly gave officers permission to search the vehicle and her person and denied having anything illegal. Due states in the report that he ordered Barks to shake out her shirt and bra, at which time the woman allegedly told him she had a pill bottle inside her bra. Due said Barks let the bottle fall to the ground, and he looked inside. He reportedly discovered two clear baggies containing a white crystallized substance the officer believed to be methamphetamine, or crystal meth. In addition to the 6.5 grams of suspected meth, he also reportedly found two pills later identified as acetaminophen and eight more later identified as Vicodin.

Barks was arrested for second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance. Riojas was arrested after it was discovered he was wanted by the California Department of Corrections and had warrants from charges with the Orange Municipal Court and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office in California. Both were taken to the Orange County Jail. On the way to the jail, Barks allegedly attempted to hide a glass Hello Kitty pipe with what appeared to be burnt residue inside. Once at the jail, a correctional officer reportedly discovered another pill bottle inside Barks' pants, this one containing Cephalexin.

Police are still investigating.

A database search indicated Riojas has previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance at the felony and misdemeanor levels, burglary of a habitation and evading arrest and has spent time in Huntsville in state jail.

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