FALL RIVER — A Fall River woman was arrested on drug charges and motor vehicle violations after police saw her parked in the middle of a road early Wednesday morning.

Fall River Police say that on April 14 at approximately 2:45 a.m., an officer observed a black BMW SUV that was running and parked in the middle of the roadway near the intersection of Ridge Street and Middle Street. Police say the officer ran the plate and discovered they were registered to another vehicle. The officer followed the vehicle as it began traveling down Middle Street, and pulled the vehicle over at the intersection of Bradford Avenue and Mulberry Street.

During the traffic stop, police say the officer observed the female driver “making furtive movements inside the auto and it appeared to him that she placed an item under her driver’s seat.”

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According to police, the officer observed the corner of a plastic sandwich bag near the vehicle’s floorboard. After ordering the driver out of the vehicle, police say the officer saw several more plastic bags on the driver’s seat, as well as a partially-opened fanny pack that contained $3,100 in cash and black pill vial containing seven Lorazepam pills.

Police say a search of the vehicle turned up a Gucci backpack with several bundles of pink and blue wax glassine paper bags, which they say contained 4.6 grams of suspected fentanyl, five bags that contained five grams of suspected methamphetamine, and a small sandwich bag that contained suspected crack cocaine. A small metal scale was also found in the center console, police said.

The driver, Ashley Cabral, 27, of Fall River was arrested and charged with driving an uninsured motor vehicle; driving a vehicle with no inspection sticker; driving an unregistered motor vehicle; possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance; possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance; possession of a Class E substance.

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