Motorist caught with substantial amount of meth pleads not guilty

YORK – Lanau C. South, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who was stopped while traveling in York County, has pleaded not guilty to drug charges and false reporting after allegedly being caught with a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

Her arraignment was held in York County District Court this past week.

The case began when an officer with the York Police Department was on regular duty in York when he saw a semi-truck drive onto the shoulder while entering the westbound ramp to Interstate 80. A traffic stop was initiated, but the semi failed to yield and continued to accelerate onto Interstate 80, according to court documents.

The officer’s affidavit says he activated his siren but the semi continued moving on. The officer also said the vehicle was also on the shoulder for a mile.

Finally, the semi stopped and the driver, James Hauserman, was taken into custody.

“While officers with the York Police Department were clearing the vehicle, a second occupant was located underneath blankets in the sleeper portion of the vehicle,” the officer says in court documents. “The second occupant, later identified as Lanau South, who was concealed beneath blankets in the cab refused to provide any form of identification or verbally provide her name.

“A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted due to the presence of open alcohol containers,” the officer’s affidavit continues. “During the search, officers found 1.56 grams of methamphetamine contained in a narcotics sale baggie, six unused hypodermic needles, one hypodermic needle which contained 80 units of a dark-colored liquid which tested positive as methamphetamine, one hypodermic needle containing 15 units of an unknown yellow liquid, less than one ounce of marijuana, one metal pipe with a glass end which contained methamphetamine, three narcotic sale baggies with methamphetamine in her purse.”

Due to South refusing to identify herself, a trooper with the Nebraska State patrol was contacted in order to scan her fingerprints on a mobile system. The trooper was able to positively identify her and discovered she had two active warrants for her arrest, court documents indicate.

A jury trial has been scheduled for late April.


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