Jan 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Kan. deputy finds gun, 1.25 pounds of meth in woman's purse

Posted Jan 13, 2020 7:00 PM

SALINE COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a Sunday traffic stop in Saline County.

Sophia Lamas -Saline County Sheriff

Just after 1:30 a.m., a Saline County deputy noticed a 2007 Chevy Cavalier commit a traffic violation in the 200 block of East Elm Street in Salina, according to Undersheriff Brent Melander.

The deputy stopped the car, which was driven by Sophia Lamas, 34, of Salina.

During the course of the investigation, it was found that Lamas was driving on a suspended license and that a purse in the car held 1.25 pounds of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun, Melander said.

Joanna Deniston-photo Saline Co. Sheriff

A woman in the front passenger seat was arrested when the name she gave the deputy turned up with outstanding warrants, however it turned out that the woman had given the deputy the name of someone else who happened to have outstanding warrants, according to Melander. Turns out the passenger really was Joanna Deniston, 29, of Salina.

A second gun allegedly associated with Deniston also was located in the car.

Lamas was arrested on requested charges that include drug and traffic violations along with an outstanding warrant.

Deniston was arrested on similar drug charges and two outstanding warrants.