On June 20, 2017, Deputy Jonas Saunders was patrolling in the Louden Road area in response to the sheriff’s department receiving complaints of suspected drug activity. Dep. Saunders stopped a vehicle, the operator of which was determined to have a suspended license.
Dep. Saunders observed an open alcoholic beverage container in the vehicle and suspected the driver, William Joseph Fields, 39, of driving under the influence. Fields refused tests to determine his potential intoxication level, but Dep. Saunders was told that the driver was under the influence of prescription drugs. During the investigation, Fields turned disorderly.
When a female passenger, Jerrica Mink, 39, stepped out of the vehicle, a pill bottle was visibly tucked about her chest area. Another passenger, Michael Wright, 59, stated that the bottle contained marijuana and claimed ownership of the marijuana.
A search of the vehicle revealed a black case containing weighing scales, empty baggies and a straw. A fourth person, Cecil Ray Griffith, 49, was found to have a pill in his possession.
Wright was cited for possession of marijuana. All others were arrested and transported to the Whitley County Detention Center. Prior to leaving the jail, Dep. Saunders inspected the rear area of his cruiser. In it, he located an empty Altoids can.
A female deputy jailer located within a body cavity of Mink’s several plastic baggies containing what’s believed to be crystal methamphetamine. The located baggies matched those found within the vehicle.
William Joseph Fields, 39, for trafficking in a controlled substance (meth – greater than two grams), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), second offense DUI, operating on a suspended/revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree disorderly conduct and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle
Jerrica Lynn Mink, 39, for trafficking in a controlled substance (meth – greater than two grams), first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), tampering with physical evidence, first-degree promoting contraband and possession of drug paraphernalia
Cecil Ray Griffith, 49, for third-degree possession of a controlled substance.
Deputy Saunders was assisted by deputies Brian Hensley, Johnny Miller and Sergeant Jeff Anderson.