Three Pennsylvania natives were arrested after an early morning traffic stop in Fayette County last Thursday.

According to Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley, after a deputy conducted a stop on a vehicle for a defective equipment violation. Inconsistent information from the occupants led to a K9 scan of the car.

A search of the vehicle revealed several containers of medical grade marijuana, scales and nearly two ounces of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), a mood-altering drug also known as “Molly” or “Ecstacy.” Also recovered was a quantity of U.S. currency.

Officers learned that the occupants of the vehicle were traveling back to Pennsylvania from the Tampa, Florida area.

Ernest J. Thornton, 43, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; Sandra C. Guthrie, 30, of Koppel, Pennsylvania; and Jody L. Hammer, 41, of New Castle, Pennsylvania were all charged with felony charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts of possession with intent to deliver narcotics. All were arraigned by the Fayette County Magistrate’s Office where their bonds were set at $60,000 each.

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