NEW MADRID - Two traffic stops by the Missouri Highway Patrol led to the arrests of individuals on drug trafficking charges.
At approximately 12:50 a.m. Saturday, a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol stopped a northbound vehicle on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County for traffic violations.
During the course of the traffic stop, the driver Juan Padilla, 36, of Chicago, refused permission to search his vehicle when requested, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol news release. A Patrol K-9 responded to the scene and gave a positive indication for drugs in the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed 130 pounds of processed marijuana.
Juan Padilla and Melinda N. Padilla, 20, of Cicero, Ill., a passenger, were arrested for drug trafficking and endangering the welfare of a child, and taken to the New Madrid County Jail.
A traffic stop was made by the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 11:28 p.m. Sept. 24 on Interstate 55 in New Madrid County for an equipment violation and littering.
The driver of the northbound vehicle, Timothy T. Tsiguloff, 37, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, denied permission to search the vehicle. The vehicle was towed due to third party ownership and a subsequent inventory search revealed a vacuum-sealed bag of ecstasy.
Timothy T. Tsiguloff and Jeffrey L. Rovel, 28, of Arlington Heights, Ill., a passenger, were arrested for trafficking drugs first degree, and taken to the New Madrid County Jail.
The charges for the individuals arrested are mere accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
The Padillas have posted bond and been released. Tsiguloff and Rovel remain in the New Madrid County Jail.