A criminal case that started with a simple traffic stop developed into a bust involving an 18-month old child being left unattended in a home with drugs, paraphernalia and guns.
The bust occurred March 11, in Elsinore, said Sevier County Det. Sgt. Allen Pearson. He said the initial traffic stop was March 10, wherein one person was citied and released for possession of marijuana.
However, a bag containing approximately 1.8 ounces of methamphetamine was found in the car stuffed in the seat occupied by Shaydin Norwood, 22, Elsinore, Pearson said. Norwood was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and possession of marijuana.
This led officers from the Sevier County Major Crimes Unit to apply for a search warrant for Norwood’s residence, a motorhome in Elsinore. The motorhome was parked next to a house at 50 East Center.
As police searched the mobile home, one detective was checking the area for officer safety reasons and looked into a window of the house.
“He saw drugs, a pipe and guns sitting out on a table,” Pearson said.
This led police to apply for a second search warrant, this one for the house. Once inside the home, officers found marijuana, methamphetamine, seven firearms and an 18-month old baby, who was in the home alone.
“That’s the most disturbing part of this case for us,” Pearson said. “The reason we do this job, the primary reason, is to protect the children in our community.”
As the house was being searched, its occupants arrived on scene — Cody Write and Shyanna Gallegos, both 27, Elsinore. Both were charged with possession or marijuana, seven counts of possession of a firearm by a restricted person, possession of methamphetamine and endangerment of a child. Gallegos was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs.