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Traffic stop leads to trio’s arrest

Search warrant finds slew of drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty residents face multiple charges following a search of their home. The arrests were spurred by a traffic stop gone awry the previous evening.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, North Liberty Police Officer Spence Madole began pursuit of a Honda Civic driven by Jahmil B. Thomas, whose license was barred for being repeat offender.
As the officer turned around and closed in on Thomas, the 23 year-old exited his car. The officer ordered Thomas to stop before he fled into the woods on foot. Officer Madole was able to identify Thomas based on booking photos.
The Civic was towed and police uncovered two plastic bags containing 1/8 ounce of cocaine while conducting an inventory of the vehicle.
At about 9:30 a.m. the following morning, the Johnson County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Thomas’ home at 647 Hodge St. in North Liberty.
Authorities uncovered a variety of controlled substances as they searched the premises, which is also home to Danica E. Packingham, 29, and Jabril R.K. Scott, 27. The couple shares a bedroom with a 6-year-old disabled child who sleeps on a mattress on the floor, according to criminal complaints. In close proximity to where the child sleeps, investigators found marijuana and cocaine in various places, as well as LSD on a dresser.
A small bag of gravely substance was also found in the kitchen. Packingham claimed it was “Molly,” slang for MDMA, also known as ecstasy. She allegedly told police she found the drug at work, according to complaints.
In the bedroom and kitchen were numerous pills, including Xanax, a schedule IV controlled substance, and Vyvanse, a schedule II controlled substance.
All three residents were arrested. Thomas faces charges of controlled substance violation, a felony; driving while barred, an aggravated misdemeanor; and interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor. Packingham faces five counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of child endangerment. Scott faces four counts of possession of a controlled substance, a serious misdemeanor; and one count of child endangerment without injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.