Benton couple jailed on charge of having marijuana in car with child

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Enos Parks

BENTON, Mo. -- The Scott County Sheriff's Department arrested a Benton couple Friday on suspicion they were carrying marijuana in a car with a child present.

Enos J. Parks, 38, and Vannetta J. Wells, 40, were arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 55 Friday afternoon, according to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release.

According to the release, Deputy Chad Nixon stopped the vehicle Parks and Wells were in and found Parks was allegedly operating the vehicle with a revoked license.

Vannetta Wells

A search turned up suspected marijuana on Parks, and Wells handed the deputy two bags containing what was believed to be marijuana, the news release said. A 4-year-old child was also in the car, and was in the vehicle when the marijuana was allegedly purchased, the news release said.

Parks and Wells have been charged with transporting a controlled substance in the company of a minor child, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Bond was set at $35,000 each.

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