Two women and a man were charged Monday in three separate drug cases in Stone County Circuit Court. And two of the three are being charged as habitual offenders.
In the first case, court info says officers observed a Chevrolet Tahoe leave a residence known to be a place where narcotics have been sold. After seeing the vehicle cross the centerline multiple times, officers pulled over the Tahoe which was driven by a woman from Louisiana, according to the court records.
The woman told officers she had been asked by the passenger and her neighbor, identified in the court info as Joseph Edward Templin, 36, to take him to see his cousin at the residence in question. The woman also said there was a handgun in the driver’s side door which was taken into the possession of a deputy at the scene.
After Templin was asked to step out of the vehicle due to the presence of a firearm, Templin said he had been drinking. After a deputy attempted to pat down Templin, officers say he became angry and resisted. Finally, the court documents say, the officers on the scene helped take Templin into custody.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a baggie behind the seat in which Temple was sitting. The court info says a small amount of meth and a small amount of marijuana were found in the baggie.
Templin is now charged with one count of possession of meth, one count possession of marijuana, assault in the third degree, and resisting arrest. He’s also being charged as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $15,000.
Another case involved Carla Irene Wade, 53, who was stopped on Highway 14 East in Stone County, after traveling left of center several times in her Chevy Blazer, according to the court filing.
During an investigation, Wade agreed to a search of her vehicle. Inside, officers found an amount of meth, according to the court information. Officers asked Wade if she had any illegal drugs or paraphernalia on her person, and Wade handed over a smoking pipe that had been hidden in her bra, the court info said.
Wade is now charged with two felonies: possession of a controlled substance, namely meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wade was placed on a $2,500 bond.
And the third case from Monday’s Stone County Circuit Court session, involved Jennifer Ann Yates, 38. Authorities allege that Yates was found to be in possession of digital scales used to measure illegal drugs, such as meth.
The court record said that during a recorded interview at the Stone County Jail, Yates admitted ownership of the scales and that the white residue on the scales was meth residue.
The court information said she admitted to shooting meth the week prior.
Yates is now charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony. She’s also being charged as a habitual offender. Her bond was set at $15,000.
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