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A traffic stop on Thursday afternoon ended with the arrest of both the driver and passenger on drug and weapons charges. 

Around 3:45 Thursday afternoon, Trooper Clay Boley stopped a driver for failing to signal his turn and having an obscured license plate.

After stopping the car, Trooper Boley learned that the driver, Dustin Todd Shackleford, 39, Henryville, Indiana, was wanted out of Clark County for an Invasion of Privacy charge.

As Shackelford was detained, Trooper Boley also learned of a firearm in Shacklefords’ backpack.     

As a result of the investigation, Trooper Boley conducted a vehicle search.

During the search, over 60 grams of suspected methamphetamine was located in a purse belonging to the passenger, Lara Lee Gater, 31, of New Albany.

Digital scales, unused plastic bags, pills, and paraphernalia were also located. Both Gater and Shackleford had firearms in their possession.  

Shackleford and Gater were arrested on the following charges:

Lara Lee Gater:

  • Dealing in Methamphetamine over 10 grams with a firearm – Level 2 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 3 Felony
  • Possession of a Legend Drug – Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana – B Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia – C Misdemeanor

Dustin Todd Shackleford: 

  • Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon – Level 5 Felony
  • Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 6 Felony
  • Possession of Marijuana – B Misdemeanor
  • Possession of Paraphernalia – C Misdemeanor
  • Warrant Service: Invasion of Privacy – A Misdemeanor

Trooper Boley was assisted by officers from the Charlestown Police Department.