Peru, IN – A traffic stop conducted on July 2, 2018, in the area of Delores Street and North Broadway Street ended in two arrests on drug-related charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s office, PPD officer Brok Westfall conducted the stop after he observed a goldish in color passenger vehicle that had turned west on to Delores Street from North Broadway. The vehicle turned too sharp cutting through the opposite lane of travel and then failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign located at Jean Street and Delores Street.
Westfall activated his emergency lights and conducted the stop in the area of the intersection of Delores and Jean Streets. As he approached the vehicle, a male passenger, later identified as David L. Jones, 33 of Peru began making suspicious movements inside the vehicle. Officer Westfall radioed PPD Sergeant Raber and asked for her assistance.
The driver was identified as thirty-six-year-old Stephanie Robinette of Peru. She was advised of the reason for the stop and asked for her license and registration. The other male passengers, all of whose names were redacted from the report except for Mr. Jones, were also asked for IDs and they reported they did not have any identification on them at the time. While checking the subjects for warrants and issuing the driver a citation for disregarding the stop sign, PPD Sergeant Raber arrived and with her K9 partner Fargo, she conducted a “free air sniff” around the vehicle. The K9’s behavior indicated the presence of illegal drugs inside the suspect vehicle.
A search of Mr. Jones revealed a large number of “small, clear zipped bags commonly used for storing and delivering of illegal drugs,” according to the report. A syringe was also located on Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones then requested a lawyer. He was taken into custody and placed in the back seat of a police vehicle.
Sergeant Raber conducted a search of Ms. Robinette. She located a clear plastic baggie that contained “a large amount of a crystal-like substance.” Ms. Robinette told Sergeant Raber that the items located belonged to Mr. Jones. A large amount of cash was also located inside Ms. Robinette’s purse, tied with a rubber band. Robinette stated she had made the money working.
Mr. Jones was transported to the Miami County Jail while Ms. Robinette was taken to the Peru Police Department to speak with Detective Grant. Upon being read her rights, Ms. Robinette reported that Mr. Jones had handed her the bag at the stop sign and she had stuffed it in her underwear. She denied knowing what was inside the bag, but she said she knew Jones wanted it hidden from the police.
The bag was opened at the Peru Police department and along with the crystal-like substance, it also contained a clear bag that held a brownish substance that field tested positive for heroin and weighed approximately 1 gram. The crystal-like substance tested positive for methamphetamine and weight approximately 18 grams. Also located inside the bag was a blue pill with the markings “K 9” that was found to be Oxycodone, a schedule II narcotic.
The total amount of cash found was $780. Robinette admitted during her interview with Detective Grant that she does not have a job. She was advised that since she does not have a job and her the cash was located in the vicinity of drugs; her cash was being seized.
Stephanie Robinette, 36 of Peru was then transported to the Miami County Jail. She faces charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Narcotic X2. She also received a citation for disregarding a stop sign and a written warning for an improper turn.
David Jones, 33 of Peru faces a single charge of Possession of Syringe.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.