Columbia women arrested on charges of drug possession, possible car theft

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 4:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two Columbia women were arrested Tuesday night after a Boone County Sheriff's Department deputy pulled over a vehicle that had been reported stolen.

After using a license plate scanner, the deputy stopped the suspected stolen vehicle at about 9 p.m. heading east on Interstate 70 at Stadium Boulevard, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department.

The vehicle was reportedly stolen from Jefferson City.

Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Sheriff's Department said evidence of drug possession was discovered after the people inside the car "tossed a smoking pipe out of the passenger's side door." 

Columbia residents Nancy McDaniel, 54, and Teresa Whittington, 50, were taken into custody. McDaniel was arrested on suspicion of several charges, but is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). Bond was set at $4,500.

Whittington was also arrested on suspicion of several charges, but Wednesday morning the Boone County Prosecutor's Office filed a single charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), O'Sullivan said. Bond was set at $10,000.

No information was available from Jefferson City police about the status of any charges related to the reported car theft.

Both suspects were being held in the Boone County Jail, according to the Sheriff’s Department website.

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