Woman charged after traffic stop

WARREN – A city woman charged with felony drug trafficking after a traffic stop was released from the Trumbull County Jail on $7,500 bond following her arraignment Tuesday in municipal court.

Lavia L. Broadnax, 29, of 648 Phillips Drive S.W., was also charged with misdemeanor drug abuse, possession or use, and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment. Additionally, she was cited for driving with a suspended license and failing to signal.

Broadnax entered a not guilty plea and is due back in Warren Municipal Court at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 30 for a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Terry F. Ivanchak.

Broadnax was arrested around 1 a.m. Tuesday after Warren police stopped her east of Highland Avenue. She had failed to signal before making a right-hand turn onto South Street, according to a Warren police report.

Broadnax, whose driver’s license was suspended, told police she was driving because her sister, who owns the vehicle, was drinking and unable to drive. She stated that she dropped her sister off in the Highland Homes area and was traveling to her own residence on Laird Avenue with her daughter and niece.

Police said Broadnax was unable to recall her own address. and she appeared to be under the influence “of something,” but did not smell of alcohol. When police told her she appeared to be under the influence of something, she stated she takes pain medication and that she had taken two pain pills, the report states.

Police ordered her from the vehicle and searched it, finding two small plastic bags containing suspected marijuana, the report states. They also found two clear plastic bags containing rice and 42 bindles of suspected heroin in her purse they said. The report states one plastic bag contained 13 bindles and the other had 29 bindles.