CHARLESTON -- Authorities made several arrests last week for separate drug-related charges, one in which also included a preliminary obstructing justice charge, city police officials announced Monday.

In this case, police said a 48-year-old Charleston woman attempted to hide evidence of methamphetamine possession during a traffic stop early May 7 in the 700 block of Madison Avenue. 

The woman was said to have been stopped for a minor traffic violation. 

During the stop, a Charleston police dog alerted on the vehicle resulting in a probable cause search. The suspect, who was in the front passenger seat, exited the vehicle.

After doing so, police said she turned away from officers and began rummaging through her purse then appeared to try and put something in her mouth, police say.

Officials report she continued to pull away from officers as they attempted to place her in handcuffs. A search of the vehicle resulted in no contraband being located, but suspected meth and drug paraphernalia was recovered during a search of her purse, according to authorities. 

The woman has preliminary charges of meth possession and obstruction of justice. 

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On Wednesday, another Charleston woman, 44, was found with drug paraphernalia and 1.8 grams of suspected meth.

According to police, officers responded to a complaint at a residence in the 200 block of Jackson Avenue and was escorted to the bedroom of the woman by a residential supervisor. Once at the room, police said the woman revealed herself and was "acting strangely."

While waiting in the hallway, officers observed the paraphernalia and the suspected meth on the woman's bed, which was later seized.

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In another instance, a 39-year-old man and 23-year-old man, both from Charleston, were found with drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop Saturday in the 800 block of West Lincoln Avenue. 

During the stop, a probable cause search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure hypodermic needles and a spoon with suspected heroin residue, according to police. Police officials say a hypodermic needle containing suspected heroin was located in the 23-year-old's underwear.

All four were sent to the Coles County jail. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state's attorney's office.

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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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