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Sheriff’s Department: Batesville woman arrested after meth found in vehicle

A Batesville woman admitted to a daily drug problem after she was caught with methamphetamine in her vehicle early this (Tuesday) morning, according to authorities.

A brisk rain was coming down when Deputy Johnny Byler with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department pulled over a vehicle driven by Kathy Kiefer (pictured), 48, of Batesville. A headlight was out on the station wagon, and the vehicle was unlicensed, according to the incident report.

Byler also discovered Kiefer was on felony probation with a “search” waiver on file.

During questioning, Kiefer told the deputy she “had never used drugs in her life.”

Byler placed her in the back of his vehicle and out of the rain so he could search the station wagon. There, according to the report, he located a plastic straw with meth residue on it. The deputy then went to Kiefer and asked her where the meth was located inside her vehicle.

Byler noted Kiefer began to weep and told the deputy it was under the passenger’s seat in a black case.

Byler found the case and a plastic vile containing meth. The deputy said Kiefer told him she had ingested meth about two hours prior to the stop. She told Byler she snorts meth with a plastic straw on a daily basis, according to the report.

Keifer was taken to the Independence County Detention Center where she awaits two felony charges: possession of a controlled substance, namely meth, and felony possession of drug paraphernalia.

Image via Independence County Sheriff’s Department

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