A traffic stop on Dec. 14, 2017, led to a drug discovery against two Illinois residents, Jessicae R. Burnett, 27, of O’Fallon, and John P. Scott, 58, of Belleville.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol officer observed a Ford van pass near the 67 mile marker on eastbound Interstate 70, with no front plate and a temporary Missouri registration on the rear, according to a probable cause statement.
The officer proceeded to follow and noted the registration returned to a 2006 Chevrolet passenger car, and expired in October 2017, even though a Dec. 27, 2017, date was printed on the tag, the statement said.
After detaining the vehicle, Burnett advised the officer she paid $200 for the registration and has had it for nearly two months. She also stated her and Scott were traveling from Kansas City to St. Louis.
A background check on Burnett and Scott revealed Burnett’s driver’s license was valid, while Scott’s license was suspended. The patrol officer requested assistance from additional MSHP officers.
The officer of record told Burnett he detected the odor of marijuana and asked her how much and what drugs were inside the vehicle, according to the probable cause statement. Burnett said the marijuana belonged to Scott, and that there was also a small amount of methamphetamine, several needles, and Xanax in the vehicle.