Man arrested on drug charges following traffic stop

From Local Sources

JASPER — Police arrested a 36-year-old Jasper man on multiple drug-related charges following a traffic stop.


According to the Jasper Police Department, an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for an expired license plate near the intersection of 41st Street and Wilhelm Strasse at 10 a.m. Friday morning.

Police say that during the traffic stop, it was discovered that the vehicle did not have insurance and that the driver was allegedly displaying a false and expired plate.

The driver, identified as Steven L. Ball of Velpen, was cited for not having insurance and was given warnings for having a false and fictitious plate, having never registered the vehicle and for an expired registration.

Since the vehicle did not have proper insurance, police prepared to tow it from the scene.

Prior to towing the vehicle, an inventory was completed and police allegedly found drug paraphernalia as well as a small amount of marijuana.

Police then detained and searched Ball, allegedly finding approximately one gram of methamphetamine, less than a gram of marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia on his person.

Ball was transported to the Dubois County Security Center and preliminarily charged with a Level 6 felony count of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony count of maintaining a common nuisance, a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

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