Lufkin police: Duo dumps marijuana in day care trash can

Frederick Ruth (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Frederick Ruth (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Youlanda Whitaker (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Youlanda Whitaker (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a Lufkin man and woman accused of dumping a gallon-sized bag of marijuana into a trash can at a day care before they could get caught Monday afternoon.

Frederick Stuart Ruth, 50, and Youlanda Levette Whitaker, 40, are each charged with possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone and possession of a dangerous drug.

According to the report, police were dispatched to McCoy's Lumber at 1:56 p.m. Monday in reference to what looked like a man and woman packaging marijuana.

The officer turned down Hill Street from West Frank Avenue and said he saw a silver Buick four-door pass him. The officer turned around and watched the Buick pull into Noah's Ark Early Education Center Day Care. He said the man, later identified as Ruth, had come out of the building and was sitting in the driver's seat with the door open. The officer asked Ruth if there was any marijuana in the car, and Ruth grabbed a small baggie with several burnt marijuana blunts and gave them to the officer, saying that was all he had.

The woman, later identified as Whitaker, came out of the building. After a second officer arrived, the first one went into the day care and spoke with employees.

One employee said she saw them come into the building and Whitaker went into the bathroom and Ruth walked back out the door. She said she did not know them and they were not there to pick up any children. The officer opened the bathroom door and looked in the trash can and reported finding a gallon-size bag full of marijuana. The bag had small sandwich-style baggies inside individually packed with the drug. The employee said Whitaker came into the building with a shopping bag when she went into the bathroom.

Ruth and Whitaker were then detained and the officer searched Whitaker's purse and reported finding a plastic baggie with several prescription medications and several more baggies of marijuana.

The officer then searched the car and reported finding another large bag of marijuana in the glove box and a small baggie of more prescription drugs in the center console.

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