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Woman arrested after traffic stop

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

A New Castle woman was arrested on felony drug charges early Tuesday morning after an Indiana State Police K9 alerted officers to contraband in her vehicle.

Around 2:10 a.m. Tuesday, ISP Trooper Michael Garcia was driving east on Riley Road, approaching 14th Street when he noticed the car in front of him had taken off and was exceeding the 30 mph speed limit. According to Garcia, the car failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign as it approached 14th Street and turned north.

Garcia stopped the car near the intersection of 14th Street and Edgemont Avenue and made contact with the driver, Ashley Weeks, 35, New Castle. According to police, Weeks was driving while her license was suspended.

Trooper Thomas Ratliff was nearby and arrived to assist Garcia. Ratliff led his K9 partner, Tora, around the outside of Weeks’ vehicle and Tora reportedly alerted to the presence of contraband in the car.

Further investigation by the troopers turned up a scale and baggies, along with almost 40 grams of suspected marijuana and seven pills believed to be Hydrocodone and Phentermine.

According to documents filed in Henry Circuit Court 2, Weeks was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a narcotic drug, dealing in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. She was also issued citations for disregarding a stop sign and driving while suspended.

Weeks was taken to Henry County Jail, but as of Wednesday morning she had been released on bond. No court dates had been scheduled. 

Anyone with information about illegal activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756, or the Pendleton Post at 765-778-2121. Tips made can be kept anonymous.