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Christmas Day traffic stop leads to meth charges

An early Christmas morning traffic stop near Howe led to the arrest of a Goshen woman on drug charges.

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy spotted a Chevy S-10 traveling at a high rate of speed near CR 700 N and CR 50 E. The officer stopped the vehicle and determined that the driver of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license and no valid insurance.

Additional investigation during the stop led the officer to deploy the Sheriff Department’s K-9, Kayla, which resulted in a positive alert for illegal narcotics, the report noted. According to the department, a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of seven individual packages of crystal Methamphetamine, marijuana, and different items of drug paraphernalia.

Joyce K. Stamper, 44, Goshen, was arrested on preliminary charges of Dealing Methamphetamine over 3 grams, Class A Felony; Possession of Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor; Possession of Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor; and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony.     

Stamper was taken to the LaGrange County Jail, where she was being held on no bond pending an initial court appearance.