Dark window tint has landed three people in jail after a traffic stop turned up drugs.
The suspects, Joseph N. Jackson, Deanna Baker and Vanessa Lute, are all charged with possession of meth and drugs while Baker also faces additional charges of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and driving on a revoked license. They will all appear for hearing Feb. 16.
They were busted after McMinnville police officer Justin Colwell noticed a 2008 Lincoln Navigator traveling east on the bypass with what appeared to be illegally dark window tint. He pulled them over and immediately discovered the driver, Baker, was driving on a revoked license and that she was a habitual traffic offender. She has four past convictions for driving on a revoked license after her license was pulled for a drunk driving conviction in 2009.
She was taken into custody and admitted to police she had a small amount of marijuana in her purse. Her admission prompted an all-out search of the vehicle.
“During a search of the vehicle, a plastic baggie containing a substantial amount of methamphetamine was located in a purse belonging to Ms. Baker,” Colwell said, noting the amount weighed 27 grams. There was also marijuana and a digital scale found in a backpack inside the car.
The search continued and netted a portable safe on the floorboard of the third row of seats in the SUV. Inside the safe was a Smith & Wesson 40-caliber pistol. The discovery could have an impact on all three suspects since they are all convicted felons, Lute for making meth and Jackson for assault from the state of Washington. Convicted felons are restricted from having firearms.