Liberty traffic stop nets drug arrest


A Liberty woman faces pending drug charges after a traffic stop today at about 1:30 a.m., according to a police report.

An officer pulled a car over after it failed to stop at a red light on Belmont Avenue.

The driver told police he was taking the pregnant passenger, Stacia Hewlett, 24, to the North Side hospital, the report said.

Hewlett told officers she didn't need an ambulance, she just didn't feel well.

Officers discovered the driver didn't have a license. They asked the three people in the car to step out so they could search it, the report said.

When Hewlett, who the owns the car, stepped out, she dropped a bindle with a brown powdery substance in it, the report said.

Officers found a burnt and bent spoon and a belt shaped into a tie-off in the car. Hewlett told officers the bindle must have stuck to the underside of her pants, and stated many people use her car and denied knowledge of narcotics being in the car, the report said.

Heroin possession, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence charges are pending against Hewlett, awaiting lab results of the brown substance. The report said she was taken to the hospital.

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