Traffic stop leads to syringe charge

CORDRY SWEETWATER — An Indianapolis woman faces a felony after a van she was riding in was stopped for speeding in Brown County on May 28.

Lt. Mike Moore with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling at Sunset Drive and the Sweetwater boat ramp when he reported seeing a van driving 40 mph in a 20 mph zone.

After stopping the vehicle, Moore discovered both the driver and the passenger, Jamie Quesada, 34, had suspended driver’s licenses, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Moore called for a wrecker and had the two exit the vehicle. Moore reported finding a black zipped bag under the passenger’s seat with a syringe, a spoon with burnt residue and folded dollar bills.

Quesada admitted the bag was hers and the drug inside was heroin. She said she started using heroin after losing her job and home in 2015.

She was charged Jan. 25 with unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony.

She was summoned to court on Feb. 21, but failed to appear. A warrant was issued for her arrest March 16.