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2 women facing drug charges after traffic stop

Christina Hope Ray (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Christina Hope Ray (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
Rachel Nicole Achter (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Rachel Nicole Achter (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Two Mississippi County women are in custody after a narcotics investigation by the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department.

Christina Hope Ray, 18, and Rachel Nicole Achter, 27, are each charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. They are both also facing a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Achter faces an additional charge of receiving stolen property, stemming from stolen checks allegedly found on her.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began on Wednesday, Sept. 24 when a deputy learned that drugs were being distributed from a Mississippi County home.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, the deputy allegedly saw residents of the home driving an unauthorized vehicle on a public road. He called another deputy to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Through their observations and interviews with a passenger, the deputies say they developed probable cause to believe illegal drugs were being stored in luggage inside the vehicle.

At that time, the sheriff said Achter and Ray were arrested and taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

Deputies then got a search warrant for the vehicle.

During the search, deputies say they seized a large amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia from various purses and backpacks removed from the vehicle.

Deputies then interviewed the two women. Through those interviews, deputies say they developed probable cause to believe Achter and Ray had more than 30 drugs with the intent to trade them for other controlled substances, which one of the pair then intended to sell.

Achter and Ray remain in the Mississippi County Detention Center. Their bonds are set at $50,000 each.

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