Richmond Police observed a vehicle being operated without it head lights being illuminated late Sunday evening. This lead to an officer conducting a traffic stop.
Once stopped, it was discovered that the driver of the vehicle was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. The driver, later identified as Katrin Ellington, was then asked to step out and move to the rear of the vehicle. When the official asked consent for a body search, Ellington refused before reportedly attempting to reenter the automobile, which was still running.
Authorities then allegedly had to physically pull the suspect away from the vehicle, at which point she attempted to retrieve something from her pant pocket. Ellington then reportedly tried to put the substance, which was later identified as a small plastic baggie containing suspected cocaine, in her mouth. During the process of retrieving the baggie from Ellington, police believe some of the alleged drug was spilled onto the ground.
A search of the vehicle was conducted based on the appearance of the baggie and a positive K9 alert. In the passenger seat, officers reportedly located suspected heroin inside a black purse. According to the citation, Ellington advised the officer that she uses the “powder” (cocaine) and sells the “H” (heroin). She then told police that she cut the heroin with Inositol powder, also located inside Ellington’s vehicle. Officials also found and seized $147 in cash from her purse.
Ellington was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, multiple charges of Trafficking in Controlled Substances (Cocaine & Heroin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Illuminate Head Lamps, and Operating on a Suspended Operator’s License.