A St. Paris-area man and a New Carlisle-area woman was charged Friday with felony possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in drugs after a 1:25 a.m. traffic stop.
Shon C. Ballard, 45, and Holly A. Wright-Cupps, 50, were lodged on the charges in the Logan County Jail, officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department report.
They were traveling in the downtown area in a sport utility vehicle which did not have a visible license plate. A traffic stop was initiated in the 300 block of south Main Street.
Officers found a license plate behind a heavily tinted rear window and a records checked revealed the license plate was expired and Ballard’s driving privileges were suspended. Wright-Cupps also did not have valid privileges.
State officials had ordered the confiscation of the plates and officers conducted a consent search of the SUV to tow the vehicle.
In the search, officers found a bottle which was intently split down the middle. It contained a plastic bag with three smaller bags containing methamphetamine and several blue pills suspected of containing fentanyl.
A digital weight scale with white powder residue, a bag of marijuana and two marijuana chewable candies were found in Wright-Cupps’ purse, officers report.
The methamphetamine and pills were sent for laboratory testing.