On Thursday, August 19th at approximately 6:45 in the evening a deputy with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the Speedway Gas Station located in LaPaz.

During the traffic stop, K9 Diesel was deployed and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.   While conducting a search of the vehicle officers located suspected methamphetamine and synthetic cannabinoids.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 38-year-old Kerri Lopez of Bremen. A passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Maria McCarty of Elkhart, was found to have two active warrants through Marshall County.

Kerri Lopez and Maria McCarty were both transported to the Marshall County Jail.   Lopez was booked for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Synthetic Drug or Look-Alike substance.   

McCarty was booked for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of a Synthetic Drug or Look-Alike substance, and her two active warrants.

Lopez was held on a $1,500 cash bond and McCarty was held with NO BOND on the warrants and $1,500 for the new charges. 

Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.