Robert Lee Fifer
Robert Lee Fifer
Two people were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop early Saturday morning.
Deputy Jaron Young pulled over a white truck at 12:10 a.m. on State Highway 137 near the north Big Lake city limits.
Young instigated the stop due to the vehicle not having a license plate light.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Young noticed the driver, Robert Lee Fifer out of New Mexico, was extremely nervous and asked him to step out of the vehicle.
Young asked Fifer if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and he was told no and denied consent to search.
Young called on Deputy Hernandez for a K9 free air search of the vehicle.
K9 Lara alerted on the vehicle giving Young probable cause to search.
Fifer, and his passenger Daisy Faith Hancock of Arizona, were detained and placed along the fence line while Young conducted the search.
Young was alerted by another officer that Fifer had thrown something out of his pants and onto the ground near himself.
Two small bags containing a white crystal substance were located near Fifer.
Fifer was placed under arrest at that time.
Deputies also recovered a purse from the passenger area of the vehicle which contained a syringe that appeared to have a white liquid inside it. That substance field tested positive for methamphetamine.
Deputies transported the vehicle to the Reagan County Jail for safety reasons and due to the amount of items in the vehicle that needed searching.
That search resulted in .56 ounces of marijuana, a .223 rifle and a .38 Special handgun being found.
The white substance in the baggies tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 6.3 grams.
Fifer and Hancock were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Grade 1, Between 4 grams and 200 grams - 2nd Degree Felony; Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, Class A Misdemeanor and Possession of Marijuana, Less than 2 Ounces, a Class B Misdemeanor.
Fifer was also charged with Tampering with Evidence with Intent to Impair an Investigation which is a 3rd Degree Felony.
As with all criminal cases, Fifer and Hancock are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.