Drug arrests follow Loogootee traffic stop

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LOOGOOTEE — A Thursday morning traffic stop and subsequent search of residences in Martin County led to the arrests of three people on multiple drug charges.

An Indiana State Police trooper stopped a 1994 Toyota passenger car driven by 35-year-old Rector T. Worley of Indianapolis at 12:15 a.m. on a Loogootee street after Worley allegedly failed to signal a turn. After determining Worley’s license was suspended, according to a police report, the trooper located a glass jar containing methamphetamine along with several items commonly associated with the use and manufacturing of the drug.

Worley and his two passengers, 36-year-old Shirley D. Coker of Alfordsville and 38-year-old Tawnya L. Stone of Loogootee, were taken into custody and transported to the Martin County Jail.

Authorities then obtained search warrants for the women’s residences.

At Stone’s apartment, police reported finding methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Stone’s child was present and was turned over to other family members, police said.

A search of Coker’s home located methamphetamine and precursors commonly associated with the manufacturing of the drug, according to police. A state police clandestine lab team was called to the scene to render chemicals safe and to assist with collecting evidence.

All three people were charged with Class C felony counts of methamphetamine possession. Worley and Coker also were charged with Class C felony counts of dealing methamphetamine, Class D felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession.

From the search of her home, Coker was additionally charged with a Class B felony count of possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, plus additional meth possession and paraphernalia possession counts and a count of maintaining a common nuisance.

Stone was additionally charged with Class D felony counts of neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance, plus misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia.

The Daviess County and Martin County sheriff’s departments and the Shoals Police Department assisted.

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