An 18-year-old Commerce woman faces two felony drug and four other charges after a Commerce police officer pulled her over last week because her license tag was loose and swaying.
The officer made the stop on U.S. 441 South at Homer Road at 10:57 p.m. When he asked Crysta M. Gerber, 100 Crossing Place, Commerce, for her driver’s license, she told him she did not have a license and had never acquired one.
The officer had also noticed a bald tire on the vehicle. He asked Gerber if she had any weapons or drugs in the vehicle, to which she replied in the affirmative, and she told the officer that a bag of marijuana could be found under the front passenger seat.
Police then went to her apartment, where she told them how to find a box containing marijuana, plastic baggies commonly used for packaging marijuana for sale, pipes, scales, four cans with false bottoms used for hiding marijuana — and a quantity of marijuana.
They charged her with felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving without a license, improper display of a tag, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and the tire violation.
The report suggested that they could also have charged her with keeping a disorderly house.
The written report noted that the residence was filthy. An officer observed dirty dishes in the sink, including a cereal bowl with old milk and 10 dead roaches in it, clothing on the floor in every room, a kitchen drawer in which roaches crawled over baby bottle lids and parts and chocolate on the floor. The police observed roaches all over a baby’s crib and that the bathroom was ‘infested” with roaches. The report indicated that the suspect has two minor children, ages 2 years and 8 months, and that the marijuana and materials were within easy reach of a small child. It did not indicate whether the children were present at the time of the traffic stop and subsequent arrest.
For all of the arrests made during the previous week by the Commerce Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office, read the April 17 issue of The Commerce News.