Crime

Missouri Traffic Stop Leads To Meth Arrest With Baby In The Car

| by Zara Zhi
Amy Barger.Amy Barger.

Police detained a couple in Jonesboro, Missouri on Dec. 26  on drug charges. The couple reportedly also had a baby in the car with them who wasn't properly buckled in.

According to the police report, a Chevrolet Cobalt was turning without a signal as Officer Bryan Bailey was monitoring a “known drug apartment” in the town.

He pulled over the Cobalt and questioned the driver, Amy Barger, 26, telling her why he made the traffic stop.

The passenger with Barger reportedly gave a false name at first. The passenger was Justin Cunningham, 32, and he allegedly lied due to numerous warrants for his arrest.

When Bailey asked Barger if she had any illegal substances in her vehicle, she said no and agreed to a search of the car, reports KAIT.

The officer spotted a “small, cellophane baggie containing a crystal-like substance of suspected methamphetamine fall from her waistline to the ground,” before the search even began, said the report.

He then reportedly discovered drug paraphernalia -- a glass pipe with white residue on it -- inside a sock hidden in the floor of the passenger’s side of the car.

Barger and Cunningham were both arrested, reports KAIT.

Cunningham confessed to owning the meth and handing it to Barger to conceal it when the pair were pulled over, reports KAIT.

The couple also told authorities the pipe belonged to both of them and they intended to put their 16-month-old daughter, who was in the car during the arrest, to bed and smoke the meth once arriving home.

Bailey saw that the car seat the baby was sitting in wasn’t buckled to the vehicle.

A family member came to pick up the child and the two suspects were taken to the Craighead County Detention Center.

Barger was charged with no child restraint, possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cunningham's charges were possession of meth or cocaine less than 2 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and nonpayment of fines.

Both had court dates on Dec. 28, reports KSLA.

Sources: KAIT, KSLA / Photo credit: Craighead Co. Sheriff’s Dept via KAIT