Couple Charged with Alleged Drug Possession

On September 2nd, Officer Toby Jeffers, with the Oneida Police Department, conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the Wal-Mart parking lot for financial responsibility.  As Officer Jeffers approached the passenger side of the vehicle and spoke with the passenger, identified as John Buttram, and the driver, identified as Natalie Brumbalow, he observed Buttram had something balled up in his left hand.  Officer Jeffers asked him what it was and Buttram opened his hand and handed over a drug bag.  Officer Jeffers had him step out of the vehicle and while doing a pat down on Buttram he observed Brumbalow digging through her purse.  She was asked to put it down by Officer Jeffers and was then asked what she was trying to hide.  Brumbalow stated, “Can I tell you something?” and then slightly opened the zipper of her bag and inside was one syringe and two baggies containing meth, one baggy with subutex and one baggy with suboxone.  She stated that was all she had.  Officer Jeffers then observed in plain view under the passenger seat, a small sunglasses container.  He then took the case and it contained a meth pipe.  Buttram stated the meth pipe was his.  Brumbalow was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug, Violation of Drug Free School Zone Act, Possession of a Schedule III Drug (x2), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Financial Responsibility.  Buttram was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug, Violation of Drug Free School Zone Act, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.