Pair Charged After Drugs Found In Traffic Stop

Two area residents were charged after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs Wednesday night, the Jamestown Police Department said.

Members of the Metro Drug Task Force were investigating the trafficking of methamphetamine coming into the city on Wednesday when a vehicle was stopped around 10:15 p.m. The traffic stop occurred at Allen and King streets, the JPD said in a press release.

An investigation found a half-ounce of crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. The driver, identified as Zachary J. Witherell, 26, of Youngsville, Pa., was also allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and Clonazepam.

Witherell was charged with third- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the vehicle, 28-year–old Jacob A. Motherwell, of Jamestown, reportedly became disorderly and used “vulgar language towards officers, creating a disturbance,” police said. Motherwell was taken into custody and allegedly fought with officers while being put into a police car.

Motherwell was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Both were transported to Jamestown City Jail and held for arraignment.