A Quaker City woman, whose car was stopped on Friday morning for an alleged traffic violation, was charged with drug paraphernalia possession and, according to police reports, placed on a felony hold.
At 11:37 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a car driven westbound on North Avenue by the 35-year-old suspect signal a turn and then turn immediately into a driveway.
A female passenger then began to exit the vehicle, but the officer ordered her to stay inside it.
When asked what was going on, the passenger told the officer she had been given a ride to pick up money to put on a food card for an inmate at Belmont Prison and that her mother would be picking her up.
The officer then approached the driver’s side and, after receiving proper registration and a valid insurance card, he asked the driver if there was anything illegal in the vehicle and was advised that there wasn’t. He asked if he could check inside the car and the driver gave him permission.
At that point, a trooper of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrived on the scene to assist with the stop and the women were asked to sit in the rear of the Patrol cruiser.
The officer retrieved a purse from the car that belonged to the driver and began to search it. According to the report, as he was searching through it, he found:
• A small pink pill,
• A green glass pipe wrapped in a napkin; the pipe reportedly was slightly charred and had white flakes in the bulb portion,
• A change purse containing a razor blade,
• A $100 bill, and
• Two Ziploc baggies, one of which reportedly contained a small amount of crystalline substance.
According to reports, the driver was taken to the Guernsey County Jail where, in addition to the paraphernalia charge, she was cited for failing to signal a turn 100 feet in advance of turning and was placed on a felony hold.
The baggie containing the crystalline substance was sent for testing at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.