A Christmas Day traffic stop led to the arrest of a Union County man and woman on numerous charges related to drugs and counterfeit currency.
According to a press release from Lyon County Sheriff's Department, Ronart Wedding, 49, and Beri L. Sheely, 38, both of Morganfield, were arrested last Wednesday afternoon following an investigation prompted by a registration violation. Fourteen charges were filed between the two individuals, including four felonies.
Sheriff Brent White stopped Wedding on Ky. 730 West while on a routine patrol around 3:20 p.m. White initiated the stop after reportedly witnessing the 2004 Mini Cooper operating southbound on Ky. 93 with a cancelled Kentucky license plate.
Further investigation reportedly led the sheriff to discover inside the vehicle methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills, also known as legend drugs. White also allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and a counterfeit $100 bill.
Illegal drugs and another counterfeit $100 bill were tied Sheely, who had just prior to the traffic stop been reportedly dropped off by Wedding at an Eddyville residence. White reports Eddyville Police Department located Sheely and took her to the sheriff's office to be interviewed regarding contraband found inside the vehicle.
"She was subsequently arrested and found to possess additional counterfeit money," the press release read.
Sheely was lodged in Crittenden County Detention Center on felony charges of possession of methamphetamine and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit money). She was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of a legend drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheely has a criminal history with 30 case records that include methamphetamine charges, according to the sheriff's report,
Wedding was charged and released from custody with a pending court date.
He is facing the same charges as Sheely as well as misdemeanor operating a vehicle with an expired driver's license and failure to maintain required insurance. He was also charged with traffic violations related to the cancelled registration plate and having a cancelled registration receipt as a result of not maintaining minimum liability insurance.
Wedding is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lyon Circuit Court. No court date had been set at press time for Sheely, who has a Jan. 13 Webster District Court date in a child support case.