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Tampa police lodge dozens of felony counts against woman they say was Dontae Morris associate

TAMPA — A woman whom police investigated for her relationship with Dontae Morris, a suspect in two police killings, was arrested after a traffic stop Sunday on charges including 81 felony gun counts.

Alaina Nichole Riggins, 26, of Seffner was being held on $614,500 bail in a Hillsborough County jail. Among the charges, police filed one for each of the more than 70 bullets they said they found on her.

An arrest report says a Tampa officer observed a gold Toyota she was driving make repeated turns without using a signal on E Clifton Street early Sunday. The officer turned on his emergency lights and attempted to pull her over, but Riggins continued driving for three blocks before coming to a stop, the report said. When asked to get out of the car, Riggins refused and the officer pulled her out and took her into custody, the report said.

Inside the car, police said, the officer found a .22 caliber semiautomatic handgun that had been concealed under her thigh on the driver's seat, as well as marijuana and crack cocaine on the dashboard. The officer found 72 rounds of ammunition, more marijuana and $245 cash in her pockets, the report said.

Riggins is the daughter of a former civilian employee of the Tampa Police Department — and Morris' aunt — Carolyn Riggins.

Carolyn Riggins was fired from the department in July after an internal investigation found she hindered the search for Morris.

Carolyn Riggins is accused of not revealing her daughter's friendship with the suspect, feeding information to her and withholding the whereabouts of people officers were looking for.

Morris, arrested after nearly four days on the run, was charged with killing Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab after a traffic stop in June. He has since been charged with the murders of three other men.

In July, police arrested Alaina Riggins with Morris' brother, Dwayne Callaway, at Motel 6 on Fowler Avenue on charges of possessing cocaine, marijuana and a firearm during the commission of a felony. She was released on bail the same day.

Police said at the time they were investigating whether Alaina Riggins was in touch with Morris while he was on the run.

Riggins is being held in the Hillsborough County jail on charges of fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell, carrying a concealed weapon, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Tampa police lodge dozens of felony counts against woman they say was Dontae Morris associate 01/23/11 [Last modified: Sunday, January 23, 2011 9:38pm]
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