Michigan woman arrested in South Bend on drug, gun charges

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A Michigan woman was arrested on Thursday on drug and gun charges, Indiana State Police announced.

Christy Coons, 46, of Decatur, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, carrying a handgun without a license, and false informing. 

At 10 a.m., a state trooper saw the driver of a 1999 Yamaha motorcycle commit several moving violations while driving north on Michigan Street, reports said.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Michigan and Bronson Streets.

When the trooper made the stop, he saw the female passenger, who initially identified herself as Julie Smith but was later identified as Coons, shove something down her pants, according to reports.

Officers discovered the motorcycle’s license plate was expired, reports said.

An officer searched Coons and found a loaded handgun on her but Coons didn’t have a handgun license with her, reports said.

After searching her further, officers found 21 individually-wrapped bags containing a white, crystal-like substance on her, reports said.

That substance later field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed around eight grams.

At the South Bend Police Department, police learned Coons allegedly gave a fake name. She was eventually identified as Coons.

Coons had a warrant out of Cass County.

She was taken to the St. Joseph County Jail.

The man driving the motorcycle was released from the scene after he got a traffic citation.

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