Crack, heroin send pair to jail

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A couple traveling through River Falls with various drugs was jailed Monday.

River Falls Police Chief Greg Jackson said he stopped a Hyundai Accent for speeding on Hwy. 55.

During the stop, Jackson said he smelled the odor of burned marijuana in the car.

Jackson asked the driver, Joshua Heath Gentry, to exit the car and ran his name through dispatch.

Jackson was notified that Gentry had a possible warrant through the Maplesville Police Department.

While he was being detained, Jackson noticed that Gentry had something balled up in his hand, and told him to open it.

Jackson said that Gentry attempted to flee and a struggle ensued.

Gentry was taken into custody after he threw two yellowish-colored pills on the ground and crushed them.

Once Jackson apprehended Gentry, he focused on the passenger, Ashley Marie Binford, a white female from Niceville, Fla.

“During a probable cause search of the car, I found marijuana for their own personal use,” he said. “Both subjects were arrested and transported to the county jail.”

Binford was found in possession of more than 40 grams of crack cocaine and had some heroin.

Jackson said she told him that Gentry had given her the items whenever he saw the patrol car turn around.

Gentry is charged with possession of marijuana II, which carries a $7,500 bond; possession of drug paraphernalia, which has a $3,000 bond; possession of a controlled substance heroin, which has a $10,000 bond; resisting arrest which has a $3,000 bond; tampering with physical evidence which has a $3,000 bond; and drug trafficking which has a $500,000 bond;

Binford is charged with possession of marijuana II with a $7,500 bond; possession of drug paraphernalia with a $3,000 bond; possession of a controlled substance which has a $10,000 bond; promoting prison contraband II for a $10,000 bond and drug trafficking with a $500,000 bond.