Woman brings daughter, 8,  along on drug deal, police say

One of three women arrested Thursday on felony drug charges had her 8-year-old daughter with her while she attempted to complete a drug deal, police said.

Richelle Lynn Porter, 29, of Naturita, Ashley Dawn Ware, 22, of Naturita, and Diana Kaye Hubbard, 41, of Olathe, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia after Grand Junction police officers stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of North 23rd Street and Bunting Avenue.

All three women and Porter’s daughter were in the vehicle.

Officers learned Porter, who was the driver, had a suspended driver’s license and no proof of insurance and arrested her. They searched her and her cell phone and found several text messages referring to a drug purchase, according to an arrest affidavit.

One text message read: “hey can you hook me up i’m here but i have my daughter is there anyway you can get me a half gram and meet me.” The messages had been sent earlier in the day, the affidavit said.

Police searched the car and found a glass smoking pipe and methamphetamine residue inside a purse that Hubbard later admitted belonged to her, the affidavit said.

They also found a safe that contained, among other things, meth and drug paraphernalia. Porter said she and Ware use the safe, but both women denied any knowledge of the meth and drug paraphernalia inside, the affidavit said.

All three women made their first appearance in court Friday to be advised of the charges that could be filed.

Hubbard and Ware are being held on $5,000 personal recognizance bonds. Porter is being held on a $5,000 secured bond.


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