(WASHINGTON CO.) – Traffic stops often to lead to more than just traffic infractions.
Early Tuesday morning, Indiana State Police Trooper Kyle Taylor was patrolling State Road 39 in Washington County along with Officer Ginkins and K9 Lenny from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
Trooper Taylor stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. However, he soon observed indications of possible criminal activity.
The investigation continued when K9 Lenny alerted on the vehicle. The subsequent search located suspected meth as well as a stolen handgun.
Thomas Seebold, 49, of Louisville, did not have a handgun permit and was also a convicted felon.
As a result, Seebold and 24-year-old Brianna Robertson, of Salem, were arrested on multiple charges and remanded into the Washington County Jail.
Seebold is facing felony charges of possession of a stolen handgun, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a handgun without a license.
Robertson is facing charges of possession of meth and visiting a common nuisance.
Later that same day, Trooper Andrew Taylor (no relation) was patrolling in Clark County on I-65 and stopped a vehicle for an expired license plate.
The traffic stop evolved into a criminal investigation when the driver 30-year-old Trevor Money, of New Albany, was found to be wanted on five warrants out of Clark and Floyd Counties.
Neither occupant had a valid driver’s license. The passenger, 26-year-old Victoria S. LaMaster, of New Albany, was later found to possess more than 21 grams of suspected meth as well as marijuana.
LaMaster, of New Albany, is facing charges of possession of meth, trafficking with an inmate, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of marijuana.
Money was arrested on charges of driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction and five separate warrants out of Floyd and Clark Counties, including possession of meth and driving while driver’s license suspended with a prior conviction.