Helenwood Man Charged with Alleged Drug Possession

K9 Deputy Daniel Garrett with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office conducted a routine traffic stop on a 2001 Ford Escape for alleged expired tags and noticed, as the vehicle came to a stop, the driver moving around inside the vehicle more than someone normally would.  Deputy Garrett found a male driver, who identified himself as Aaron Gunter.  Gunter stated that he had a revoked license and that he was on probation for driving on revoked, and also stated he did not have insurance on the vehicle.  Deputy Garrett ran Gunter’s license and was advised by dispatch that they were showing eligible for reinstatement.  As he approached the vehicle, Deputy Garrett started talking to Gunter and asked if he had anything illegal in the vehicle and Gunter stated that he had a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.  Deputy Garrett noticed a green leafy substance that looked like marijuana on Gunter’s shirt.  Gunter was asked to step out of the vehicle whereupon he stated that he had eaten a small amount, less than a gram, of marijuana when Deputy Garrett turned on the blue lights to pull him over.  Deputy Garrett recovered a marijuana pipe was recovered from underneath the driver’s seat and also located a ziplock bag with marijuana residue in it from the rear passenger side floor board.  Gunter was taken into custody and charged with tampering with evidence, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, registration violation, and financial responsibility.  He was transported to the Scott County Justice Center for booking without further incident by Deputy Darcy Phillips.