A Lafayette woman faces methamphetamine possession and dealing charges after a traffic stop on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said the Lafayette Police Department made a routine traffic stop at Greenbush and N. Ninth Streets 6 p.m. on Wednesday. One officer involved noticed the passenger Bonny Ahlrich, 51, of Lafayette reaching into her purse after LPD had told her not to do so.
They asked if Ahlrich had weapons and she allowed officers to search her purse. Upon further investigation of the bag, the officer found several empty stamp-sized baggies, commonly used for packaging controlled substances.
A K-9 officer arrived at the scene and confirmed the presence of narcotics. Authorities said when asked, Ahlrich told officers there was nothing illegal in the vehicle, but officers noted suspicious behavior as something may be concealed on her person.
LPD conducted a further search of Ahlrich and her clothing. At one point during the search, she jumped back from the officer and admitted, when asked, to having “ice” on her. Police found more than five grams of meth that Ahlrich had hidden in the front of her pants.
Prosecutors said Ahlrich later told to police she was using meth again and selling the drug “because it was easy money.” She admitted that she had sold methamphetamine before that night and that she intended to sell most of the baggie that officers had found.
Ahlrich was charged with two Class A Felonies for possession of methamphetamine and dealing in methamphetamine.
According to prosecutors, Ahlrich was convicted in October 2005 of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine. In September 2004, she was convicted of possession of marijuana.