WALHALLA – A 52-year-old Walhalla woman was arrested on multiple drug charges after she was stopped during a routine road patrol stop.
Brenda Rogers Bates was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Monday after an Oconee County sheriff’s deputy saw an older model Chevy traveling on West-Oak Highway on the centerline of the road. The deputy stopped the vehicle after it happened a third time.
According to the deputy, Bates appeared to be staggering when the deputy was speaking with her. Bates told the deputy she was not on medication and that there was not anything illegal in the vehicle. Bates then gave the deputy consent to search the vehicle.
The deputy found a small bag inside her purse that appeared to contain marijuana, a spoon and two syringes consistent with the use of methamphetamine, three baggies that appeared to contain meth, plus four different pill bottles that contained a combined total of 31 pills believed to be narcotics. Other items, including a scale and a few other bags, were found as well.
Bates’ address was listed as 162 Ashely Drive in Walhalla and 161-A Whitewater Farms Road in Tamassee. The vehicle was towed.
Bates was given uniform traffic tickets for simple possession of marijuana and for a violation of the county’s drug paraphernalia ordinance. She charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute two controlled substances (alprazolam and hydrocodone).