Two Arrested on Meth Charges after Traffic Stop

(LOOGOOTEE) – Two people were arrested after a Martin County Reserve Deputy made a traffic stop Sunday afternoon in Loogootee.

At approximately 4 p.m. Reserve Deputy Josh Harmon was on patrol when he noticed the driver of a vehicle make multiple traffic violations.

The driver was identified as 39-year-old Joshua Phillips, of Loogootee. Phillips had a passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Joselyn R. Souerdike, also of Loogootee.

Reserve Deputy Harmon requested the assistance of Martin County Sheriff’s Corporal Tyler Reed and his K9, Virka. During their investigation the dog alerted officers of possible drugs in the vehicle.

While speaking with the two, police learned there was a no-contact order in place between them.

Both were arrested.

During a search of Sourerdike police found a Schedule II controlled substance in her pocket.

Both were taken to the Martin County Jail. There officers searched Sourerdike again and found that she had a bag containing a white crystal-like substance and a syringe containing residue. Both items field-tested positive for meth.

Souerdike is facing charges of invasion of privacy, trafficking with an inmate, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a common nuisance.

Phillips is facing a charge of invasion of privacy.

Assisting in the arrest was Martin County Deputy Andrea Barnett and Loogootee Police Officer Case Cummings.