The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Crime & Courts

May 23, 2012

Two women face drug charges after traffic stop

A traffic stop by Joplin police resulted in felony drug possession charges against two women.

Sharity A. Merriman, 32, and Janelle J. Swartz, 28, were arrested after an officer stopped their vehicle Saturday near Fourth Street and School Avenue for having no license plates. Merriman, the driver, allegedly provided the officer inaccurate insurance information, leading to her arrest on a charge of driving without proof of financial responsibility.

Police Lt. Brian Lewis said a search of the vehicle turned up a digital scale with methamphetamine powder on it and a syringe containing meth. Lewis said another syringe allegedly was found on Swartz during booking procedures at the Joplin City Jail.

Besides felony possession, both women were charged with misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, Lewis said.

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