Drug charges follow traffic stop

Melissa Waters

Melissa Waters was found with a small amount of marijuana, crack cocaine and a pipe following a traffic stop.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:07 AM.

A Port St. Joe woman was arrested last week on drug charges after she was stopped for a traffic violation.

Melissa M. Waters, 33, was stopped in the 500 block of W. U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe.

Sgt. Matt Herring and Investigator Greg Skipper identified the driver as Waters during the stop and Herring developed reason to believe Waters could be in possession of illegal narcotics after discovering she was in possession of a pipe used to ingest drugs.

Port St. Joe Police Department K-9 Sergeant Jake Richards assisted and deployed K-9 Don to sniff the air around the exterior of the vehicle. The dog alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics. A search of the vehicle yielded less than 20 grams of marijuana, six crack cocaine “rocks”, and a pipe used to ingest crack cocaine.

Waters was placed under arrest and charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and was released on $3,000 bond after first appearance.

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