CELINA — Four people were arrested after officers busted a heroin purchase near the CVS parking lot in Celina, police reported.
Officers received a tip and watched a woman purchase what they suspected was heroin from a man in the parking lot south of CVS around 12:50 p.m. Thursday.
Officers stopped the two cars involved as they left the parking lot. From one vehicle, they arrested Zachary Sams, 23, on suspicion of selling heroin to the woman. According to police, Sams had additional heroin on him.
The other vehicle police stopped had four people in it. They were separated and interviewed at the scene of the stop, police reported. The woman that went to Sams’ car and purchased the heroin was identified as Kristie Gillette, 18.
Police reported Gillette returned to the car and passed the heroin to a second woman, Michelle Sepulveda, 41. Sepulveda and a third woman in the car, Casey Hatcher, 19, are accused of purchasing the heroin to share between them.
The car originally was stopped for a traffic violation after it pulled onto Main Street, police reported. But during interviews with the women in the car, the drug transaction was confirmed.
Police said the driver of the buyers' car, David Thokey, apparently had nothing do with the drug transaction and was only serving as a means of transportation. He was charged with driving left of center and was released at the scene.
Sams, Gillette, Sepulveda and Hatcher were taken to the Mercer County Adult Center.
Sams and Gillette were charged with trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony. Sams, Sepulveda and Hatcher were charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony. Each has been ordered held in jail on a $50,000 bond. The Celina Police Department and Grand Lake Drug Task Force are continuing their investigation and said additional charges may be filed.
Heroin bust near Celina CVS