Miami County, IN – A South Bend woman is facing charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana following a traffic stop conducted on December 24, 2018, at 4:41 p.m.
According to an Indiana State Police Probable Cause Affidavit, Trooper Jesse M. Reason conducted the traffic stop after observing a white sport utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on US Route 31, just south of County Road 1500 N. in Miami County.
Utilizing radar, Trooper Reason found the vehicle to be traveling at 90 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone. He immediately turned around and pursued the speeding vehicle conducting the traffic stop near County Road 1250 North.
Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the two occupants, a male driver and a female passenger, Trooper Reason detected the strong odor of raw marijuana emitting from the vehicle. He also noted that the passenger was staring directly out the front window and the driver appeared nervous and was speaking quickly.
The driver stated that marijuana had been smoked in the vehicle earlier but that no marijuana was present in the vehicle. Trooper Reason advised the man that he didn’t believe this was the case. He then used his radio to request another unit to come and assist with the traffic stop.
The male driver, whose name is redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office then handed Trooper Reason a cigar wrapper containing plant material which emitted the strong odor of raw marijuana. The man stated that was all that was inside the vehicle.
After the arrival of a Miami County Deputy Sheriff, both subjects were asked to exit the vehicle. The female subject was identified as Shawnta Rector, 20 of South Bend, IN.
A search of the vehicle would produce a partially burnt hand-rolled cigar containing plant-like material emitting the strong odor of marijuana. Inside Ms. Rector’s purse, Trooper reason located a small plastic bag within another bag that contained an off-white crystal substance that would test positive for methamphetamine. Next to this bag inside the purse was a partially burnt hand-rolled cigar containing plant material emitting the strong odor of raw marijuana. Also located in the glovebox was a small digital scale.
Following the search, Ms. Rector advised Trooper Reason that she had more marijuana concealed within her groin.
The driver was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and a citation for speeding. He was released from the scene.
Shawnta Rector, 20 of South Bend, IN was arrested on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. Upon arrival at the jail, a female jail staff member located the bag of marijuana concealed on Ms. Rector’s person.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.