LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman who was arrested Monday after police say she dumped her marijuana in a day care trash can was arrested again Tuesday after police say they again caught her with a gallon-sized bag of marijuana.
Youlanda Lavette Whitaker, 40, is charged with state-jail felony possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone. Her passenger, Vlenice Van Arline, 50, of Lufkin, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the police report, an officer was on patrol in the area of Keltys Drive and Wilson Avenue at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday and saw a Buick in the area with a defective license plate light.
The officer pulled the car over in the 1900 block of Keltys Street and identified the driver as Whitaker and the passenger as Arline.
The officer said he was speaking with Whitaker as she had her window cracked. He said Whitaker then rolled the window all the way down and the officer reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. He then told them to get out of the car for a vehicle search.
The officer said he looked in the driver's side floorboard and saw a gallon-sized ziplock baggie with a large amount of marijuana in it. He also reported finding a burned blunt in the ashtray, a baggie of marijuana and burned marijuana in the cup holder and a burned blunt in Whitaker's purse.
They were then placed under arrest. Because they were in the area of Brandon Park, Whitaker's charge was enhanced to a state-jail felony.
Whitaker's arrest came a day after police say she hid a gallon-sized bag of marijuana in a trash can at Noah's Ark Early Education Center Day Care after police were following her and the driver, Frederick Ruth, 50, of Lufkin, for suspected marijuana. Whitaker had posted a $1,500 bond before being arrested Tuesday. Her new bond was not set as of 10 a.m. Wednesday.