Fugitives caught during traffic stop

Taniese Eleanor Wallace and Barry Lee Sanders Jr.

A Burnsville drug suspect and wanted Marion man were arrested and charged following a traffic stop in which they were both passengers, authorities said Thursday.

Deputy Jesse Hicks of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Taniese Eleanor Wallace, 39, address listed as Burnsville, with possession of methamphetamine. She was also served with outstanding warrants for trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

At 1:06 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, Hicks and Deputy Chris Byrd stopped a vehicle on Cemetery Road operating a without a tag. Wallace was a passenger, and was wanted as part of a raid on a house on Hicks Chapel Loop in February, where she and 45-year-old Steven Lynn Milam were charged with having 400 grams of meth and 18 grams of marijuana.

While taking Wallace into custody after the vehicle stop, Hicks found 1.5 grams of meth on the suspect. Her bond was later set at $110,000.

Another passenger in the car, 35-year-old Barry Lee Sanders Jr., address listed as Randolph Road in Marion, was wanted as well and taken into custody for breaking and entering and larceny.

It is alleged that Sanders stole a block engine and block heads, valued at $3,900, from a garage on U.S. 221 North in Marion on Jan. 7.His bond was set at $10,000.

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