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Woman arrested for drugs after township traffic stop

AUSTINTOWN — A Northfield woman was arrested Monday following a traffic stop that led to discovery of drugs in the vehicle.

Amanda Brumfield, 23, of 9581 Olde Eight Road, is facing felony drug charges.

According to a police report, a vehicle was stopped at 8:07 p.m. Monday for several traffic violations. When officers were talking with the driver, they noticed he was nervous — shaking, breathing heavily and avoiding eye contact.

During the exchange, officers saw the passenger, Brumfield, reaching toward the right side of her body. She was asked for identification but refused.

The driver “gave consent to search his vehicle, but the front seat passenger was being uncooperative and attempted to argue for officers asking for consent to search the vehicle and her person,” the report states.

Eventually both the driver and Brumfield got out of the vehicle. The driver was searched and nothing was found.

During the search, however, Brumfield continued to argue with officers and reached into her coat pockets several times. When officers told her to get her hands out of her pockets, she did not comply at first but eventually took her hands out.

A police dog was used to detect drugs in the vehicle, in the front driver and passenger doors, the report states.

When another officer arrived, Brumfield again put her hands in her pockets and again refused to comply, so she was detained. Brumfield was then searched and a plastic bag with two anxiety pills were found. Also a glass methamphetamine pipe, another pill and a bag of meth were found in her front waistband area, the report states. The meth was field-tested and was verified.

In the vehicle, six weight-loss pills were found in a container, which Brumfield said was prescribed to her. The report states the charges were increased to felonies because of Brumfield’s prior drug-related arrests.

She is being held in Mahoning County jail in lieu of $5,500 bond and, according to court records, is being charged with two felony drug abuse charges and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.

Brumfield is set to appear before Judge Scott Hunter at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing.

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