SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – A woman is in custody and her child is now in protective custody after a traffic stop led to a drug bust.
Redding Police conducted a traffic stop Sunday morning on a Lexus sedan near the intersection of Highway 273 and Buenaventura Blvd. The driver was identified as 31-year-old Jennifer Turman, a resident of the City of Shasta Lake.
Police said she was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Police said a young child was located in the back seat, and was not properly restrained in the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle revealed several hypodermic syringes on the driver’s seat floorboard area. An unsealed glass bottle of marijuana on the rear passenger’s seat, within arm’s reach of child. A suspected meth pipe was also located, according to RPD.
Social workers from the Shasta County Child Protective Services were called to the scene. The child was placed into protective custody.
While Turman was being transported to the Shasta County Jail, Police said she re-positioned her handcuffs to her front, attempting to retrieve a small baggie of suspected heroin, and attempted to consume it. An officer immediately confiscated the suspected heroin.
Turman was booked into the Shasta County Jail for charges including, child endangerment, negligence, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, according to police.