Seatbelt violation leads to Tallahassee drug bust, two arrests

Police: Traffic stop leads to over 40 grams of meth being found inside woman's purse
Posted at 2:50 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 10:52:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two Tallahassee women were arrested after a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation led police to find over 40 grams of meth, multiple pills and hundreds of dollars in cash inside their car.

Lisa King and Tedesta Longver were arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, deputies saw Longver driving her car without a seatbelt, so they conducted a traffic stop. When deputies approached Longver on the driver's side window, they saw the seatbelt was underneath her and they explained the reason for the stop. 

Longver admitted to deputies she was not wearing her seatbelt and was sorry. King was in the passenger seat and both stated they did not have any identification. 

Deputies were able to identify both by their photographs on DAVID.  

The police report states, Longver seemed nervous as her speech pattern was slow and she would not make eye contact with deputies. Deputies stated King also appeared nervous and could not sit still, moving around on the inside of the car. 

Longver told deputies that her driver's license was not good and a criminal history check showed that her license has been revoked since Oct. 2005 and that she had six previous driving while licensed revoked citations.  

Longver could not provide insurance or registration information to deputies and was arrested for DWLSR. 

When deputies asked Longver if there were any weapons or drugs in the car, she said there was not and gave officers permission to search the car. 

During the search of the car, deputies found a glass smoking pipe with methamphetamine inside a bandanna and three more grams of meth inside a small twist top container.  

There was also a Visa credit card with Longver's name on it and a black digital scale. Deputies saw King holding a purse and asked if they could search it, to which she replied they could. 

While searching the purse, deputies found a prescription bottle of Clindamycin that belonged to another person, a bag of syringes, and a small plastic cellophane containing four Phendimetrazine Tartrate pills, which is a class three controlled substance. 

King was then arrested for possession of controlled substance without a prescription. 

According to the police report, deputies found another purse with a wallet that contained King's Florida identification, which she told deputies she didn't have. 

Deputies also found three digital scales, a glass smoking pipe, and an eye glass case with a plastic bag containing 47.5 grams of meth inside that purse.  Inside another wallet was $653 in cash and two white packages of Buprenorphine and Naloxone Sublingual Film.  

When deputies searched King, she was found with a container containing .5 grams of meth, a clear tube containing six Oxycodone pills, and a plastic bag that had "meth shake," which is commonly scraped out of pipes. 

Longver admitted the meth pipe in the bandanna and the meth found in the purse and scale was hers. She stated she got the meth from King and was picking King up to head back to her house. Longver told officers she has been trying to stop using drugs. 

King stated to officers that the prescription pills, the 47.5 grams of meth, scales, pipe, and cash found was all hers. 

Based on the evidence, Longver is being charged with possession of a controlled substance, DWLSR third or subsequent, and issued a seatbelt ticket. King is being charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of paraphernalia. 

Both were taken to the Leon County Detention Center.