The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Alford resident Julie Marie Kent on charges of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia possession.

In a press release, JCSO said that a deputy on Wednesday stopped the blue Toyota SUV she was driving, on U.S. 231 south of Alford, because of an alleged traffic violation not specified in the release.

Officials say that, during the traffic stop, the K9 deputy saw Kent “making furtive movements as if hiding something in a purse located on the front passenger floorboard.”

Authorities say that, due to this, a probable cause search of the purse for weapons was conducted. Officials say the deputy saw inside the purse a glass smoking pipe. The deputy also allegedly found a baggie in the purse which contained a crystal-like substance that field tested “presumptive positive” for the presence of methamphetamine. The purse reportedly contained her driver’s license, and Kent, 38, was subsequently arrested and taken to the Jackson County Correctional Facility to await first appearance on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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