2 allegedly caught with crack cocaine

A local pair face charges after authorities discovered that they allegedly were under the influence of crack cocaine during a traffic stop in Montoursville.

Robin L. Villa, 32, of Kellyburg Road, Trout Run, and Charles Raymond Rice, 48, of Jersey Shore, have both been charged with possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. Villa faces one additional summary traffic violation.

On Dec. 6, police stopped a vehicle in the 1100 block of North Loyalsock Avenue after the driver allegedly sped through a stoplight.

Villa allegedly was driving the vehicle, which was owned by front-seat passenger Rice. In the affidavit, police wrote that they immediately noticed signs that Villa may have been a narcotic drug user.

Police called in for backup. Another officer, who had additional narcotic investigation training, arrived at the scene. After speaking with Villa, that officer agreed that she “was showing signs of being high,” according to court record.

Rice allegedly gave authorities permission to search his vehicle. Inside, they allegedly discovered a “push rod that goes inside of a crack pipe” on the driver’s side of the car.

Officers noticed a purse which Rice was concealing with his left leg. After asking him to move, authorities uncovered a crack pipe, records state.

Officers then asked Rice and Villa to step out of the vehicle. As they exited, Rice tried to take a bag of potato chips with him, but was stopped by police. Inside the bag of chips, authorities allegedly uncovered a rock of crack cocaine.

Villa, who waived her preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman on May 6, has been released on $5,000 bail.

Rice, who has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, will face a preliminary hearing before Whiteman on June 3.