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Traffic stop leads to meth, guns, cash
Shane C. Gardner is charged with possession of meth and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Four people face a combination of drug and weapons charges after the car they were riding in was pulled over for a broken brake light.The group, Shane C. Gardner, 35, Rebecca R. Watson, 42, Ashley Hernandez, 25, and Marcus D. Giles, 35, are charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale while Gardner is also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and Hernandez is charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into a penal institution. They have been ordered to forfeit $2,858 in cash that was found in their possession at the time of the traffic stop, money authorities suspect was gained by dealing drugs.Policeman Austin Wortman pulled Hernandez over when he noticed a taillight brake cover was broken on her 1997 Toyota. After his suspicions were raised during conversation with the driver and others inside, Wortman asked if he could search the vehicle and specifically search Shane Gardner.