GAZA—A 34-year-old Spencer woman was arrested about 9:25 p.m. Thursday, July 22, near Gaza on charges of first-offense possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest of Ocean Marie Fisher stemmed from the stop of a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 at the intersection of 435th Street and Taft Avenue east of Gaza after the driver failed to stop at the stop sign at 435th Street and Tabor Avenue, according to the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
He also noted a hand-held torch.
During a probably cause search, the deputy located a baggie containing a white crystalline substance that field tested positive for meth, a pair of pliers and a hand-held torch in Fisher’s purse, according to the incident report.
Fisher, a passenger, said she did not know where her meth pipe was but uses the pliers to hold the pipe and uses the torch to ignite the meth.
The driver, 48-year-old Martin Virgil Stallings of Gaza was cited for failure to obey a stop sign and yield the right of way.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional information.