Traffic Stop Leads To Two Arrested For Drugs

WARSAW — An officer discovered methamphetamine and narcotics after he conducted a traffic stop on a car with only one working headlight.

Noah Miller, 37, 3013 West SR 114 North Manchester, is being charged with possession of meth, a level 6 felony; possession of narcotic, a level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, class C misdemeanor.

Akashia Garber, 24, 2886 S. Woodland Trail, Warsaw, is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.

On Saturday, March 11, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department witnessed a vehicle traveling on North Detroit Street with only one working headlight. The officer conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Miller and the front seat passenger as Garber.

The officer was notified that Miller had an active arrest warrant out of Virginia. As WPD officer talked to the car’s occupants, an officer with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department had his K9 partner did an outer air search on the vehicle. The K9 responded positive for the presence of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a small clean box was located inside the vehicle. The box contained a glass smoking pipe, a plastic bag of methamphetamine, three cut straws, a hollowed out pen body and three hydrocodone pills. On the front passenger floorboard was a grey bag. Inside the bag, officers discovered Garber’s birth certificate and four cut straws with methamphetamine residue.

Officers searched Miller’s person and also discovered a small plastic bag containing memory cards and methamphetamine. Miller admitted that the box and everything in it belonged to him. Garber admitted that the bag and everything in it belonged to her. Garber further admitted to using methamphetamine earlier in the day.

Miller and Garber were booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on March 11.

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