Large amount of pot and pills seized during traffic stop | Crime
Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said that a traffic stop for erratic driving has resulted in one arrest, a large quantity of marijuana and hydrocodone pills being seized.
Mitchell said that Agents with the Lawrence County Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by 29-year-old Jennifer Kate Vandiver from Colbert County in the Moulton area. He said agents observed Vandiver changing lanes in a reckless manner, almost striking another vehicle. Mitchell said that when agents made contact with her they smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
Sheriff Mitchell said that when agents questioned Vandiver about the odor, she confessed to having drugs in her purse. Officials said that when agents learned that she had marijuana in the vehicle they removed the occupants from her vehicle, which included her two daughters ages five and eight.
The Sheriff said that a search of the vehicle revealed a back pack containing a large amount of marijuana and hydrocodone pills individually packaged for resale. Agents also located a set of digital scales, along with an open box of sandwich type bags. He said that agents contacted Lawrence County Department of Human Resources and Lawrence County Drug Endangered Children unit to assist with this investigation, due to the fact that the drugs were located in the passenger side where the children were seated.
Mitchell said that DHR took custody of the children and placed them with other family members. Sheriff Mitchell said that DTF agents arrested Vandiver and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. She was charged with of unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
No bond has been set at this time.