On Thursday, June 23, just before midnight, a Marshall County Deputy performed a traffic stop on a Chevy Impala at the on-ramp to US 31 northbound from Veterans Parkway.

The vehicle was occupied by a driver, 27-year-old Stephanie Williams, and a passenger 40-year-old Matthew Sanders both of South Bend.

During the stop, K9 Officer Bear was deployed to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle. He alerted to the presence of the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle and after further investigation the deputy located suspected methamphetamine, controlled substances, paraphernalia, suspected marijuana, and scales inside the vehicle.

Matthew Sanders also had paraphernalia on his person.

Both Williams and Sanders were charged with Possession of Methamphetamine greater than 10 grams but less than 28 grams, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. They were booked and lodged at the Marshall County Jail and each held on $3,000 cash bond.

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 jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.