COLUMBIA CITY — A routine traffic stop on Nov. 14 turned into a drug bust when State Trooper Jonathon Amburgey arrested Wonica Johns-Bates on charges of dealing cocaine or narcotic, possession of a narcotic drug, paraphernalia and a firearm by a serious violent felon, promoting prostitution, receiving stolen property and maintaining a common nuisance.
According to the police report, Amburgey was observing traffic on U.S. 30 when he noticed a vehicle traveling “at a high rate of speed.”
After pulling the vehicle over and speaking with Johns-Bates and the front seat passenger, Amburgey “noticed that there were some apparent issues with the two lady’s stories,” the document states.
The two were allegedly driving back from Fort Wayne to Chicago after visiting, but their reasons for the visit allegedly differed, according to the report. Amburgey called for additional units, and upon their arrival searched the car with Johns-Bates’ consent.
This search allegedly uncovered a digital scale, straws containing “a powdery white residue,” a “drug ledger,” a hypodermic needle, a “small clear plastic bag with basketball designs” containing what turned out to be heroin and a handgun.
During an interview with Amburgey, according to court documents, the passenger claimed that Johns-Bates was her drug dealer and that she had racked up debt with her after purchasing “approximately 0.7 grams per day” of heroin.
To pay back the debt, according to police reports, Johns-Bates would “stay in the vehicle and [the passenger] would proceed to prostitute herself,” at truck stops between Chicago and Fort Wayne.