DEBARY, Florida -- It started Friday afternoon in DeBary, Florida as a routine traffic stop for a Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy, who ended up making two arrests and seizing all of the components of a mobile meth lab.
The deputy stopped the vehicle along West 2nd Street and Naranja Road at about 1:37 p.m. after discovering that the vehicle’s tag was expired. But the deputy allegedly found a whole lot more -- drugs everywhere, including inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, in the trunk, on the suspects, the drugs they left behind in a patrol car and even drugs "shoved" inside a woman’s privates.
The deputy initiated the search after pulling over the vehicle and discovering that the woman behind the wheel, 22-year-old Alyssa Ainsworth of DeBary, Florida, was driving with a suspended license.
During a search of her purse, the deputy allegedly discovered a plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance that turned out to be methamphetamine. The deputy also allegedly found methamphetamine in the jacket of one of the passengers, 20-year-old Ronald Stidd of Orange City, Florida.
A female deputy who had been called to the scene along with the West Volusia Narcotics Task Force to assist with the search noticed a container hanging out of Ainsworth’s private area. That also allegedly turned out to contain methamphetamine. The search then moved on to the trunk of the car, where all the makings of a mobile math lab were found -- such as a plastic bottle, kerosene in a can, gasoline and an over-the-counter medicine commonly used in the making of methamphetamine.
Additionally, a deputy who had temporarily detained the defendants in his patrol car allegedly discovered that after they were moved to another vehicle, a container with four prescription pills was left behind in his car. They also were allegedly linked to the Ainsworth, who didn’t have a prescription for them.
Deputies say that after admitting that the meth-making equipment belonged to her, Ainsworth was charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence and two additional drug charges for possession of the prescription pills. She was booked into jail on $56,500 bond. Stidd was charged with possession of methamphetamine and booked into jail on $2,000 bond.
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