Meth with coffee

Driver tried to gulp meth-laced beverage during arrest.

Posted on Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 14, 2014 at 5:07 p.m.

MARSHALL COUNTY — A Plymouth woman was arrested Monday when police found her drinking meth-laced coffee during a routine traffic stop.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, State Police Master Trooper Mike Gruett stopped a white Pontiac Bonneville on U.S. 30 near Tulip Road for a traffic infraction, according to a state police news release.

Gruett recognized the driver, 51-year-old Teresa Tapia of Plymouth, from previous drug-related incidents and called for a Plymouth Police Department K-9 officer.

Officer John Weir walked his police dog around the perimeter of the car and the dog signaled that there could be drugs in the vehicle.

According to the news release, Gruett was speaking to the vehicle’s passenger when Weir asked Tapia to exit the car.

She appeared to be trying to swallow something from her coffee cup and refused to put the cup down when ordered by Weir.

The two officers removed Tapia from the car while she resisted and continued to clutch the cup, trying to swallow its contents.

The officers found a coffee filter inside the cup.

Coffee filters are used to filter methamphetamine during the production process and then can be put in a beverage so users can ingest the residual drug left on the filter, according to the news release.

The filter and other items in the car tested positive for methamphetamine and Tapia was arrested and booked at the Marshall County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest.


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