Meth, coke, guns found during stop

From Local Sources


EVANSVILLE — Two Spencer County residents are facing charges after a traffic stop early Wednesday in Vanderburgh County.

An Indiana State Police trooper stopped a Chevrolet Surburban at I-64 and U.S. 41 at 12:15 a.m. after observing it tailgating on the interstate.

The driver was identified as Nicole Pettit, 30, of Rockport. Her male passenger was identified as Lee Aders, 30, of Richland.

Due to suspicious activity, police said, a search of the vehicle was conducted. A trooper found a bag under Aders’ seat containing 18 grams of marijuana and small amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine. When searching Pettit’s purse, police said, a fully loaded handgun was located.

Another loaded handgun was found between the console and front passenger seat, according to authorities.

Aders was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail where he is currently being held without bond on preliminary charges of Level 4 felony possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Level 6 felony possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Pettit was cited for misdemeanor possession of a handgun without a permit and released.

Police seized the weapons and drugs.

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