Woman faces drug charges
Thursday, March 16, 2017 3:02 PM
A Madison woman faces drug and drug-related charges after police conducted a traffic stop Monday night on the hilltop.
Sarah E. Kietzman, 23, faces a Level 6 felony count of possession of a legend drug without a prescription, unlawful possession of hypodermic needles and possession of methamphetamine, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia. Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday morning in Jefferson Superior Court.
Madison Police noticed a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Green Road and Cragmont Street around 11:30 p.m. on Monday. A white object was thrown out of the window at the intersection, the probable cause affidavit stated.
Police, with assistance from a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy, conducted a traffic stop on Clifty Drive. Jason D. Harrell, 39, was cited for driving while his license was suspended.
Kietzman, a passenger in the vehicle, told police she threw a sandwich out of the window after getting sick. While speaking with Kietzman, officers noticed a syringe in plain view in Kietzman’s boot.
Kietzman told officers the syringe wasn’t hers and belonged to her boyfriend, who was not in the vehicle. Police asked Kietzman if there was any other contraband in her possession, and Kietzman said there were probably items in her purse left behind by her boyfriend.
Herrell and another passenger denied any other contraband in the vehicle when police asked, and the registered owner of the vehicle granted permission to search it.
Officers searched a black purse belonging to Kietzman and located a wallet containing a hypodermic needle, white oval pills identified as Gabapentin, three small bags containing a white residue that later field tested positive for methamphetamine, another syringe, a spoon and a cut orange hair tie.
Police also searched a backpack located near where Kietzman was sitting. The bag contained a digital scale with white residue that field tested positive for methamphetamine and a bag containing two smaller bags with white residue and two metal pipes.
Police released Herrell and the other passenger from the scene, based on statements that they were unaware of the drugs in the vehicle.
Officers arrested Kietzman and transported her to the Jefferson County Jail. During transport, Kietzman said the other two in the vehicle had been aware of the contraband but she didn’t want to say anything to officers while at the scene.
Kietzman remains incarcerated and awaits an initial hearing scheduled for later this week.