Friday, November 13, 2009

Arizona Woman Arrested On Drug Possession Charge

By John Larson
MAGDALENA - An Arizona woman traveling with her boyfriend through Magdalena has been charged with three felonies after trying to pass a counterfeit bill at the DNN Gas and Convenience store Thursday.
Denice Idel Mullican, 46, of Tucson, Ariz. was arraigned in Magistrate Court Friday on possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. She is being held at the Socorro County Detention Center, and has been denied bail as a flight risk. Mullican has not yet been charged on possession of the counterfeit money.
On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 4:16 p.m. Marshal Larry Cearley was called to the Conoco Station on First St., on the report of a woman who had given the owner, Nick Innerbichler, a $50 bill that was possibly counterfeit.
In the arrest affidavitt, Cearley said that Mullican claimed to have received the bill from a store in Arizona where she purchased two shirts.
With Mullican was her boyfriend, Gary Michael Strouse, 36, also of Tucson, who was driving the white 1989 Ford F-150.
Cearley asked the suspects to follow him to the Marshal’s Office to write a voluntary statement as to where the counterfeit bill came from.
After obtaining consent from both suspects, Deputy Ed Sweeney conducted a search of the pickup at the Marshal’s Office, with Deputy Terry Flannigan assisting.
Mullican stated she had a small amout on marijuana inside a plastic capsule from a vending machine in a carry-on bag and a marijuana pipe was found in her purse.
Sweeney also found a needle with clear liquid, in a pillow in the back seat of the pickup. Mullican admitted she had more hidden in the back of the truck inside a zipper case.
Sweeney found the zipper case, along with a spring loaded eyeglass case, which contained three needles with clear fluid, under the spare tire in the truck bed. A fishing fly case contained four white colored rocks and a small tin with residue. Mullican stated it was meth and that she needed it.
A $100 bill was found inside Mullican’s jacket pocket which she said was given to her by a friend who asked her to get rid of. It was also counterfeit.
Inside the pickup’s cab four computers and two card readers were found.
A bag with jewels was also discovered inside one of the carry-on bags. The jewels were diamonds, saphires, rubies and emeralds.
Deputies also found a large amount of credit card numbers, note books with numbers, six cell phones, identifications including photographs of elderly people, and tools which are consistent with the use in burglaries.
According to Cearley, the evidence was turned over to an agent of the U.S. Secret Service.
Strouse was questioned and released, although the case is still open, and further charges are pending.

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