Two arrested on drug charges following Virginia Beach traffic stop


UPDATE March 11, 2020: Yasmine Mercedes Reid appeared in court Tuesday.

She was found guilty of manufacture, sales, possession of a controlled substance. The conspiracy charge was dropped.

She will not serve any jail time. She was put on two-year unsupervised probation.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Two arrests have been made following a traffic stop Monday night in Virginia Beach in which officers found substances that are commonly used to make methamphetamines. 

The driver of the vehicle, Michael Steven Whalen, 47, of Winchester, Virginia, is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, manufacture, sale, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act. 

Yasmine Mercedes Reid (Photo courtesy: VB Sheriff’s Office)

The passenger, Yasmine Mercedes Reid, 38, of Virginia Beach, is charged with manufacture, sales, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Drug Control Act. Reid was denied bond during an Aug. 21 hearing.

The vehicle the two were in was stopped at 8:46 p.m. Monday night.

When an officer ran the vehicle’s tags, it was confirmed that it was the stolen vehicle. Whalen also had several warrants in another area of the state, according to Virginia Beach Police. 

During the investigation, an unknown substance was discovered and police closed the 1700 block of Atlantic Avenue to the 1800 block of Pacific Avenue and the boardwalk as a result. The substances were determined to be those used to make methamphetamine. 

Michael Steven Whalen. (Credit: Virginia Beach Police Department)

The road reopened early Tuesday morning.

Police have not released information on what was the substance was or if any charges were filed. Stay with for updates. 

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