Early Friday, a traffic stop in Parsons led to two arrests on suspected drug charges for a Parsons police officer.
Officer Connor Eichinger conducted the traffic stop early Friday near 16th and Corning.
Eichinger spoke to the driver, Lachelle Hinman, and the passenger, Travis Wilson, about the stop. Dispatch informed Eichinger that both occupants had active warrants. Dispatch also informed Eichinger that Hinman had a suspended driver’s license. Both are on probation as well.
A subsequent search of the vehicle found marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Officers arrested Hinman and Wilson for their warrants as well as the drug possession.
Police have requested the following charges for Hinman: Driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana, driving while suspended (second conviction) and defective tail lamps. She also faces a revocation warrant from Parsons Municipal Court. Police requested these charges for Wilson: Possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had a Labette County warrant.
On April 11, police issued a release after arresting Wilson for suspected drug possession and distribution.
“Here is a prime example of repeat offenders not caring about the legalities of their conduct,” Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks said. “Wilson was arrested 10 days ago for drug charges while on probation and again arrested for even more drug charges on probation. This failure is a fundamental breakdown of our morals and the judicial system. Soft on crime has led us to this as well as failing to reform criminals while in jail. Some people refuse to be reformed and will always have excuses for their actions. We will always have a spot for them in our jails. Our community needs to lead a charge against the morally deficient population that gives our city a bad name and a higher-than-needed crime rate. Citizen’s action is needed in community outreach programs and community groups to lead by example and teach and mentor those in need. We need to learn as well as educate each other on ways to reduce domestic issues, drug issues and mental health issues that plague our city. We need to push groups and organizations to develop new and better working programs to grow our community into a true leader in the four-state area. Parsons and Labette County is unique, special and has the potential to be one of the greatest cities in the state if we only believe and take a step in the right direction.”
This continues to be an ongoing investigation and citizens are encouraged to “see it, hear it, report it.” If anyone has any further information on this incident or any other criminal activity, please contact the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060, call the tip line at 421-7057 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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