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Traffic stop ends with 3 drug arrests

LIVINGSTON – A Shepherd woman and two Livingston men were arrested late Monday, Dec. 22, on drug charges following what began as a routine traffic stop by Livingston police.

Traffic Stop ArrestVirginia Marie Simerly Tischler, 38, of Shepherd; Shawn Steven OBannon Jr., 40, of Livingston; and Kevin Wayne Cannady Jr., 27, of Livingston were taken into custody after officers found what is believed to be methamphetamine crystals in the vehicle in which they were traveling.

Tischler, who was the vehicle's driver, and OBannon were each charged with possession of less than one gram of the drug. Cannady also was charged with possession of less than one gram of methamphetamines as well as possession of a dangerous drug, failure to identify fugitive with intent to give false information and on outstanding warrants including theft of property valued at less than $1,500 (with two previous convictions), bond surrender and bond forfeiture.

Tischler was being held last week under a $10,000 bond, no bond was listed for OBannon and while bonds totaling $40,000 were set on most of the charges against Cannady, bail was denied on the bond forfeiture warrant.

According to Livingston Police Department reports, the incident began about 11:17 p.m. when Livingston police stopped a 1986 Chevrolet Camaro on Highway 59 South for a minor traffic violation. During the stop, the officer reported that Tischler acted extremely nervous and avoided making eye contact with him.
Due to her behavior, the officer obtained her permission to search the car during which he found a crystal substance that subsequently tested positive for the presence of methamphetamines.

At that point, Tischler and her two passengers were taken into custody on the drug possession charges.
However, during the investigation, police said they discovered that Cannady had initially given them a false name and date of birth and that he was wanted on multiple felony warrants. As the investigation continued, police said they found another controlled substance on Cannady and filed an additional drug complaint against him.