Women caught trying to hide meth during traffic stop

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  It was a full on stakeout in South Columbus as members of the Columbus Police Department's Special Operations Unit waited for their target.

According to narcotics officials, officers had received a tip that someone had gone to Atlanta Tuesday to pick up a large quantity of Ice, a form of meth.

So they set up surveillance where the drop was supposed to go down, waiting to bust the illegal delivery. But the drugs never made it.

On the other side of town, narcotics agents say a state trooper stopped a car that was speeding and swerving on Interstate 185 near Exit 8 for Airport Thruway.

Behind the wheel, 32-year-old Stacy Ballard and in the passenger seat, 23-year-old Christina Joubert.

Officials say when the trooper got out of his cruiser, he noticed the women trying to hide something under the car seats. There, according to Metro Narcotics officials, he found 37 grams of Ice worth about $4000.

It was more than enough for the duo to be charged with trafficking in methamphetamine.

Both were also charged with the possession of Xanax and Valium.

On top of that, Ballard was charged with DUI and several traffic violations. Joubert was charged with a parole violation.

In Recorder's Court Thursday morning, Joubert plead not guilty. Ballard did not appear due to a medical problem. Her hearing has been continued.

Narcotics officials tell WTVM anytime they seize more than 28 grams of a drug it's considered trafficking so they consider this a major bust.

The 37 grams found in this bust, they say, were not a users amount. They were allegedly intended to be broken down and distributed.

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