Expired tags lead to drug arrest

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Expired tags were the least of the legal problems a Speedwell woman experienced recently.

LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown stopped a vehicle with expired tags near the downtown Shell station early last Thursday morning.

According to Brown’s report, the driver of the vehicle, Jody Star Paul, 28, of 3220 Old Highway 63, Speedwell, appeared to be very nervous and kept putting her hand under the driver’s seat when he made contact with her.

Paul allegedly agreed to allow Brown along with Officers Daniel Terry and Steve Wallen to search the car for drugs and weapons.

As Paul handed her purse over to Brown for search, the officer allegedly observed her remove a piece of foil from the purse.

When asked what was in the foil Paul allegedly told officers that it contained meth.  Records indicate that Paul also admitted there was a small bag of meth inside her purse, which was located by Brown.

In addition, Paul allegedly reported that there was a bag of marijuana under the driver’s seat. Officers also located 92 pills believed to be Lorazepam inside Paul’s purse, Brown’s report stated.

Paul was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

She was released on bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.