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WATER VALLEY – A Water Valley woman faces drug charges after officers discovered alleged Fentanyl in her vehicle.
Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported Bettinna “Tina” Tucker, age 44, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, schedule II, after she consented to a search of her vehicle at a driver’s license checkpoint.
Mangrum said Tucker pulled up to the checkpoint located on Hwy. 7 near the Lafayette County line around 1 a.m. The Fentanyl was discovered wrapped up in tin foil in her vehicle.
Mangrum said Tucker confirmed the substance was Fentanyl when asked by officers.
“Fentanyl can be a very deadly drug. When they officers learned what it was, they used extreme caution,” Mangrum explained. He said the drug is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but much more potent.
“This was good police work by the officer, we seized around a half a gram,” Mangrum told the Herald.
Tucker was booked in the Yalobusha County Detention Center. She later bonded out on a $5,000 bond. Tucker is listed as a resident of the Water Valley Boat Landing Community.
Mangrum also said his department jointly worked a case with the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department after a female allegedly stopped another vehicle and pulled a gun on the occupant. The chief said the case is likely a road rage incident, citing statements from the suspect that the driver in the other vehicle failed to dim their lights.
Officers arrested Taniya McLaughlin, age 26, near Sonic following the incident. City police charged her with D.U.I., driving with a suspended license and switched license tag.
Mangrum said that deputies are pursuing the charges for the gunplay, as the incident happened on County Road 436 just outside the city limits. McLaughlin is listed as a resident of Eckford Street.