BPD makes drug arrest during routine traffic stop on Bell Back Road

BEDFORD – A Bedford male and female were arrested on drug charges after a Bedford Police officer stopped her vehicle for not having an operable license plate light on Bell Back Road Saturday night.

Brianna Melvin

Police arrested the driver 23-year-old Brianna Melvin, and her passenger 30-year-old Richard Melvin, of Judah, on charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Richard Melvin

According to a probable cause affidavit, Brianna Melvin stopped her vehicle in the middle of the road and was asked by the officer to pull into a parking lot so traffic would not be blocked. 

The officer noted Brianna Melvin was extremely nervous and was shaking.

She told police she had never obtained a driver’s license. Richard Melvin told the officer his driver’s license was suspended. 

Officers then asked permission to search the vehicle. Both occupants of the vehicle denied officers consent to search the vehicle saying the vehicle did not belong to them. 

An officer then informed them the vehicle would be towed because they didn’t have valid driver’s licenses. 

Officers then inventoried the vehicle before being towed and located a padded zippered container near the front passenger seat that contained multiple syringes, a digital scale with meth residue, and multiple baggies. 

Brianna told police she knew there were drugs in the vehicle, but would not claim ownership. Richard told police the items belonged to the owner of the vehicle. 

Officers also located a fanny pack that contained more baggies with crystal meth. In a purse, police additional baggies containing crystal meth residue, straws, blue tourniquets, and a metallic cylinder containing crystal meth residue.

If you know something, say something. Send an email to drugactivity@lawrencecounty.in.gov or call Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700. All calls are confidential.