Failure to Signal Leads to Drug Arrests

(CHARLESTOWN) – A traffic stop on Thursday afternoon ended with the arrest of both the driver and passenger on drug and weapons charges. 

Around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, an Indiana State Police trooper stopped a driver for failure to signal his turn and for having an obscured license plate.

Dustin Schackleford

After stopping the car, the trooper learned the driver, 39-year-old Dustin Todd Shackleford, 39, of Henryville, was wanted out of Clark County on a charge of invasion of privacy.

The trooper also found a firearm in Shacklefords’ backpack.   

Lara Lee Gater

As a result of the investigation, the trooper conducted a search of the vehicle and found more than 60 grams of meth in the purse of the passenger inside the vehicle, 31-year-old Lara Lee Gater, of New Albany.

Digital scales, unused plastic bags, pills, and paraphernalia were also located.

Both Gater and Shackleford had firearms in their possession.  

Gater faces charges of dealing over 10 grams of meth with a firearm, possession of meth, possession of a legend drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shackleford faces charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on a warrant for invasion of privacy.

Indiana State Police were assisted by the Charlestown Police Department.