Drug arrest made after traffic stop

A traffic stop by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night resulted in the arrest of a woman on drug-related charges.

Amber Gathright, 29, was stopped at Highway 79 and Dyson Road because her vehicle did not have a license plate light, Tri-County Drug Task Force Investigator Randy Jackson said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said that when Gathright was stopped, she told the deputy she did not have a valid driver’s license, and she was arrested because of an active warrant.

During a search of the vehicle before it was towed by a wrecker, a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine was found, along with a smoking pipe, digital scales and several other plastic bags were found.

According to Jackson’s affidavit, the suspected methamphetamine weighed 15 and-a-half grams.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Gathright after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with possession of methamphetamine with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Gathright.