2 arrested on drug related charges

James Watson and Sheryl Stiddom

By Emma Rausch

Two Wabash County residents were arrested the week of March 7 on drug related charges.

James E. Watson, 36, Wabash, was arrested Monday, March 7, following an investigation at his private residence on Feb. 13.

Watson was charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

On Wednesday, March 9, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department arrested Sheryl A. Stiddom, 51, Laketon, following a routine traffic stop.

At approximately 9 p.m., Stiddom was pulled over on County Road 200 West for a taillight, plate lamp violation, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Deputy Matthew Cox observed Stiddom putting an “object between her bra and left breast,” the court documents stated.

“Through my training and experience as a police officer I believed this behavior to be indicative of someone attempting to conceal contraband, probably drugs,” Cox stated in the affidavit.

The deputy then asked Stiddon to exit the vehicle and told Stiddon he saw her put something in her bra.

Stiddom admitted she hid a pill bottle, which she did not have a valid prescription for, according to the court documents, and also stated that she had a pill grinder/crusher in her purse.

“In speaking with Ms. Stiddom, she gave verbal and written consent for me to search her vehicle,” Cox stated.

During his search, Cox located the grinder along with a straw containing white residue and a glass pipe containing white residue, a secondary pill grinder and a clear plastic baggie containing a white crystal substance, which later field tested for methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

Stiddom was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine of at least but less than 10 grams, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of a schedule I, II, III or IV controlled substance and felony maintaining a common nuisance.

Posted on 2016 Mar 15