STEPHENSON, HEATHER LEANN
Date of Booking:
Reason(s) For Booking:
Possession and Use of Drug Related Objects
Possession of Methamphetamine w/ Intent to Distribute
Possession of a Firearm or Knife During Commission or Attempt to Commit certain Felonies
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On Saturday November 6, 2021 at approximately 1720 hours while patrolling the area of North Tennessee Street, and Main Street I observed a bronze GMC Sierra traveling the road way using a turn lane to go straight through a intersection, and entering into the opposite lane of travels turn lane to pass traffic.
I activated my emergency equipment, and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Joe Frank Harris Pkwy and Main Street. The vehicle came to a final stop in the parking lot of Petsmart located at 51 North Morningside Drive. I made contact with the driver of the vehicle identified as Mr. Charles Stephenson.
I advised Mr. Stephenson he was pulled over due to traveling on the wrong side of the road. Mr. Stephenson advised he was behind a vehicle that was brake checking him, and he decided to go around the vehicle. I ran Georgia license plate through GCIC, the registered owner was identified as Mrs. Heather Stephenson. Mrs. Stephenson was found to have previous weapon charges.
I ran Mr. Stephenson was ran through GCIC, and was found to have drug history, and firearm charges. I advised Bartow dispatch to send me a back up officer. I made contact with the driver Mr. Stephenson. I asked Mr. Stephenson if there was anything inside of the vehicle that I needed to know about. Mr. Stephenson advised there was not. I asked Mr. Stephenson for consent to search the vehicle.
Mr. Stephenson granted consent to search the vehicle. Officer Anders arrived on scene, and assisted with the traffic stop. Once Officer Anders was on scene I conducted my search of the vehicle. Located in the center console of the vehicle I observed a lockbox with the words dirty lil momma on the top. The top of the lockbox was not completely closed. Through the cracks of the lockbox I observed a prescription bottle of pills labeled Oxycodone, and a marijuana grinder.
I made contact with Mr. Stephenson at the rear of the vehicle, and asked him about the safe. Mr. Stephenson stated he was a tow truck driver, and illegal items removed from vehicles he tows were placed inside of the lockbox. Mr. Stephenson was advised now that I know there are illegal items inside of the lockbox that I have probable cause to open it. Mr. Stephenson provided the combination code as [REDACTED].
Officer Lehmann arrived on scene, and assisted with the search. The lockbox was opened, and I observed glass smoking devices with residue inside. I located a small pouch inside the box. Officer Lehmann opened the pouch, and located a debit card with a white powder substance on it belonging to Mrs. Heather Stephenson. Officer Lehmann located four individually packaged bags of suspected methamphetamine inside the pouch. A methamphetamine field test kit was used on a sample collected from one of the bags. The methamphetamine field test kit provided a positive result for the presence of methamphetamine.
I continued my search of the vehicle. I located a backpack behind the drivers seat. Inside the back pack I located a pink, and black Taurus G2C 9mm pistol with serial number [REDACTED]. I removed the firearm from the holster, and the firearm was found to be loaded. I made the firearm safe by removing the magazine, and the 9mm round that was inside. I ran the serial number [REDACTED] through Bartow dispatch, and it returned with no record.
After confirming no other contraband was inside the vehicle I made contact with Officer Lehmann who was still searching the lockbox. Officer Lehmann, and I located a red digital scale that was in working condition, multiple baggies consistent with distribution, a total of four glass smoking devices, a bottle of Oxycodone with a total of 26 pills, and a pill cutter used to break the pills. I again made contact with Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson were handcuffed behind the back double locked, and checked for fit. Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson were searched incident to arrest, and no contraband was located. Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson were placed in the rear seat of a department issued marked patrol vehicle, and transported to the Bartow county jail for possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of drug related objects, and possession of a schedule two controlled substance. Mr. Stephenson was additionally charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A tow sheet was completed on scene, and the vehicle was towed by Steele’s Towing. All contraband was placed into evidence for safe keeping pending testing, and analysis from the GBI crime lab. The suspected methamphetamine was weighed, and had a total combined weight of 10.9 grams. Pictures were uploaded to the case file. Warrants were scanned into the case file. The encounter was captured on multiple department issued BWC. Nothing further.