Two Conway men are facing felony drug charges after allegedly fleeing Conway officers who were conducting an undercover prostitution sting on Friday.
According to probable cause affidavit, the Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics Division and Crime Suppression Unit worked together in conducting Friday's prostitution sting at the Microtel Inn and Suites on Sanders Road.
During the investigation, undercover officers who were inside alerted those conducting surveillance outside that a white female would be headed that way soon. A short time later, a silver Dodge Challenger, driven by Francisco Deltoro, arrived on scene with Tyler Davis and the initial suspect, Lacie Whitmire.
"The vehicle drove around the parking lot as if it was conducting surveillance," the affidavit reads. "The vehicle finally stopped and [Whitmire] got out of the vehicle, kissed Davis on the mouth, and went inside the hotel."
Whitmire was arrested inside and charged with prostitution and possessing an instrument of crime. According to the affidavit, the officers who were conducting surveillance outside attempted to approach Deltoro and Davis on suspicion of promoting prostitution. However, before they could make it up to the Challenger, the two fled the scene.
Officers had attempted to block in the vehicle, which was parked at the Mobil On the Run gas station on the southwest side of the hotel.
"The suspect vehicle started his engine and drove out of his parking spot in a high rate of speed," the affidavit reads. "When the vehicle drove off, it drove behind the business and sped towards [another officer's] vehicle.
Deltoro almost hit one of the officers, who jumped back into their patrol unit to avoid being hit, during the incident. According to the affidavit, he also hit an air conditioning unit while evading officers.
According to the affidavit, the pursuit ended when Deltoro "stopped on the interstate a short while later."
Deltoro and Davis were both detained as officers continued on with their investigation. One officer noted seeing Davis "throw a white object out of the passenger side window" before the vehicle stopped and found "a glass pipe with residue" on the side of the road.
Officers continued to search for other evidence possibly thrown from the vehicle as the two suspects evaded officers.
Given the manner in which the suspect vehicle drove while entering upon the interstate (relatively slow and staying near the shoulder," I felt it was more likely than not that other contraband had been thrown from the vehicle," one officer wrote in his report.
Officers also located a Crown Royal bag "containing numerous empty plastic baggies of the sort that are commonly used for narcotics packaging," on the side of the interstate.
Deltoro was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of meth cocaine with purpose to deliver, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated assault, fleeing, first-degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, reckless driving and third-degree promoting prostitution following the incident. Davis was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and third-degree promoting prostitution.
Another woman, Charlene West, was also charged with prostitution and possession of an instrument of crime during Friday's sting.