Women arrested for drugs at Franklin library

Published 11:34 am Saturday, November 19, 2011

FRANKLIN—Two women were arrested at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library after heroin and cocaine were found in their possession, Franklin police said.

Michelle Paige Rook, 29, of 24335 Story Station Road, Courtland, and Angela Funai Cushing, 36, of 18120 Darden Scout Road, Franklin, were placed in Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond.

Rook’s 3-year-old son, who was with the women, was turned over to his father, said Lt. Tim Whitt.

Police said they got a report of suspicious activity in a car occupied by Rook, Cushing and an unidentified man in the library parking lot.

“We got a call from someone who thought it was drug-related,” Whitt said.

Police used a drug-sniffing dog to search the Chrysler 300M and the dog hit on an area of the car, Whitt said.

“The occupants were removed, and a subsequent search and investigation led to the recovery of controlled substances and paraphernalia consistent with the use of narcotics,” he said.

The amount of heroin and cocaine found suggested it was intended for personal use, Whitt added.

The man was released because there was no evidence to link him to the drugs, Whitt said.

Rook was charged with felony child neglect and possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Cushing was charged with possession of heroin, cocaine, the painkiller Dilaudid and drug paraphernalia and later released on $5,000 bond.