KOSCIUSKO— A Mentone woman was sentenced on charges in three separate cases in Kosciusko Circuit Court Monday, May 20.
Ashley Nicole Wolf, 22, 201 N. Franklin St., Mentone, was found guilty of possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony; failure to appear, a level 6 felony; and dealing in methamphetamine, a level 5 felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on March 13, 2017, an officer with the Silver Lake Police Department observed a black Chevrolet fail to give a proper turn signal while making a turn.
The officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the vehicle. Wolf was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. The officer was unable to obtain information on the name given by the male driver of the vehicle.
The officer spoke with Wolf about the true identity of the driver, but Wolf said she did not know his name and only knew him as “Pete.” She also admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle.
Upon removing Wolf from the vehicle and performing a search, the officer found a plastic bag containing a plant material, a plastic bag containing three white pills, several empty bags and $605 cash. The plant material tested positive for marijuana and weighed 7.5 grams. The three pills were identified as Methadone Hydrochloride, a schedule II narcotic drug.
The driver of the vehicle was searched, and a Samsung cellular phone was located and taken by the officer.
Inside the vehicle, police found a soda can that contained two plastic bags. One of the bags contained a white crystal substance. The other bag contained a white, powdery substance. In the back seat, police found a backpack containing male clothing, digital scales, Q-tips, empty plastic baggies and flakes of a plant material.
The white crystal substance field-tested positive methamphetamine and weighed 3.8 grams. The white powdery substance tested positive for cocaine and weighed 5.5 grams. Police spoke with the driver of the vehicle, who advised he had initially given a false name and that his real name is Willie D. Williams. He admitted that everything in the vehicle was his, as well as the illegal drugs found on Wolf.
After obtaining a search warrant for Williams, the Samsung phone was searched. Police found information that indicated Williams was dealing in illegal drugs.
In court today, Wolf’s attorney, C. Austin Rovenstine, told Judge Michael Reed that Wolf has successfully completed the program at All Things New, located in Warsaw. Rovenstine said Wolf now has coping skills to deal with struggles.
“I’ve learned how to take responsibility and to be honest with myself and others,” said Wolf, who expressed an interest in participating in the Genesis Project, an aftercare/relapse prevention program offered through All Things New. Reed stated he had received numerous letters in support of Wolf and the positive steps she has taken.
For the charge of possession of a narcotic drug, Reed sentenced Wolf to 258 days in the Kosciusko County Jail, a sentence Wolf has already served once jail time credit was added.
For the charge of dealing in methamphetamine, Reed sentenced Wolf to three years in the Kosciusko County Jail. Reed ordered that the first two years of the sentence be served through work release. The final year of the sentence was suspended and ordered to be served on formal probation.
For the charge of failure to appear, Wolf was sentenced to one year in the Kosciusko County Jail, with Reed ordering the sentence to be suspended and served on formal probation. Wolf was given three days of jail time credit and ordered to pay court fines and a drug interdiction fee.