Two suspects have been charged after authorities seized methamphetamine, heroin and two loaded pistols in Sullivan from a vehicle that had been stolen in a carjacking.
Panfilo J. Martinez, 25, Sullivan, and Taylor M. Borick, 24, St. Louis, were charged Thursday in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with possession of a controlled substance.
Martinez also is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond. Prosecutors requested a $25,000 bond for Borick.
The charges stem from an Aug. 23 incident at the Circle K convenience store, Sullivan, where detectives with the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Unit (MCNVCU) approached Martinez as he stood next to a vehicle in the parking lot.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the MCNVCU with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, officers approached Martinez and he immediately put his hand into his pants pocket. Martinez removed his hand with two smaller baggies between his fingertips after he had been ordered by police to keep his hand in his pocket.
Martinez allegedly threw the baggies onto the back floorboard of the vehicle. One of the baggies tested positive for methamphetamine. The second baggie contained 20 gelatin capsules that tested positive for heroin, police said.
Authorities had received information that Martinez was traveling to Sullivan from St. Louis to sell heroin.
Borick was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle that Martinez had driven to Sullivan, according to the probable cause statement. She was arrested on a warrant for a probation violation.
Police located a small bag of suspected meth in Borick’s purse.
The vehicle had been reported stolen Aug. 20 during an armed carjacking in St. Louis Aug. 20. The two loaded pistols were in the front driver’s side floorboard.