North Vernon police arrest Seymour woman on drug-related charges after traffic stop


NORTH VERNON — North Vernon police arrested a Seymour woman after a traffic stop on North State Road 3 on an equipment violation.

Sgt. Isaac Barkes, North Vernon police spokesman, said Officer Chris Allen conducted a traffic stop on the highway at 12:29 a.m. Thursday, noting the driver was slow to stop and passed multiple appropriate locations to pull over.

The driver. later identified as Ace Holstein, 28 of Butlerville, pulled onto Locust Grove Drive, a side road on the opposite side of the highway, and came to a stop, Barkes said.
Allen conducted a medium risk traffic stop, and was soon after assisted by Officer Nathan Vogel. During the conversation with Holstein, he denied anything illegal in the
vehicle, and denied consent to search the vehicle, Barkes said. Holstein did advise Allen that if a police K9 “hit” on the vehicle then he wouldn’t mind the search.

As Allen completed a written warning to Holstein for the equipment violation, Deputy
John Amis of the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department arrived with his K9 deputy, Dino. A short time later K9 Dino provided a positive alert to the odor of an illegal substance in the
vehicle, Barkes said. Officers Allen and Vogel conducted a probable cause vehicle search, and located numerous drug paraphernalia items and suspected methamphetamine.

Allen spoke with the Holstein and the passengers, and asked who owned the drug items
in the vehicle. Kloweigh Leighn Cox, 18 of Seymour, advised that the items were hers, Barkes said. Cox was placed under arrest, and asked if there were any other drugs or paraphernalia on her person or in her items.
Cox stated there were not. Holstein and the other passengers were released from the scene.

While being processed into the Jennings County Jail, methamphetamine was located in Cox’s possession. Cox is being charged with the following:
–Possession of paraphernalia; C Misdemeanor
–Possession of methamphetamine; Level 6 Felony

–Possession of hypodermic needle; Level 6 Felony
— Trafficking with an inmate; Level 6 Felony.