KERMIT – A woman faces felony charges after law enforcement allegedly discovered four ounces of marijuana in her handbag during a traffic stop last weekend.
Katy Leigh Tackett, 31 from Kopperston, was arrested by Chief C. E. Chambers of the Kermit Police Department and charged with possession with intent to deliver on Saturday, May 14.
According to a criminal complaint, these officers performed a routine traffic stop on silver Toyota Corolla for a window tint violation.
The vehicle was driven by owner, Christopher Hairston. While citing the driver, officers noticed that Tackett, a passenger of the vehicle, appeared nervous about the presence of law enforcement.
Following the citation, the owner signed a consent allowing officers to search the vehicle.
The criminal complaint states that officers detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. During the search, officers noticed a handbag lying in the passenger side floor board of the vehicle where Tackett was sitting. Officers allegedly noticed a white plastic bag protruding from the handbag.
The officers looked inside the handbag and found what appeared to be a large amount of marijuana. Due to the odor of the vehicle and the officers’ training and experience, the substance is believed to be marijuana which is a schedule one substance.
After being read her Miranda Rights, Tackett allegedly admitted to officers that the handbag was her possession.
The total weight of the substance found in the handbag was 4 ounces. A sample of the substance in the bag was submitted to the West Virginia State Police crime lab to be analyzed.
Tackett was arraigned before Magistrate Brock Mounts on Sunday, May 15. Tackett is currently lodged at the South Western Regional Jail.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until proven guilty.