A South Carolina woman faces felony methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia following a traffic stop made on a vehicle in which she was a passenger.
Sonya Juanita Hall, 40, was in a blue Dodge Caravan that was pulled over near the corner of Main and Bullion streets in Hailey around 11 p.m. on Jan. 11 by Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Reichert for having a broken taillight, according to an affidavit written by Reichert.
While Reichert was checking the driver’s license, registration and insurance, Cpl. Philip Rummel had his K-9 conduct a sniff of the vehicle. The dog indicated on the vehicle, signifying that there were narcotics in the van, and therefore there was probable cause to search it, the report states.
Upon searching the vehicle, Reichert found a plastic bag near Hall, who was seated in the back seat behind the driver. Hall allegedly said the bag and its contents were hers. Inside the bag, Reichert found a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, according to the affidavit. In addition, two other baggies, one allegedly containing meth and the second allegedly containing marijuana, were also found near Hall, the report states.
According to the affidavit, Hall said the driver had given her the bags during the traffic stop and she had dropped them on the floor near her feet. In addition, a vape pen used to smoke marijuana was also found on Hall, which she said also belonged to the driver.
Hall is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 24, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to proceed as a felony in District Court.