Sheriff: Pregnant woman found with meth at traffic stop

Sheriff: Pregnant woman found with meth at traffic stop

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel woman is behind bars for possession of drugs at a routine traffic stop.

Narcotics investigators with the Jones County Sheriff's Department were conducting surveillance of a suspected drug deal just east of Laurel Wednesday.

One of the vehicles that was involved in the drug deal left the area and investigators followed the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, according to a JCSD news release.

Inside the car of Shayla Holloway, 19 of Laurel, investigators found a small plastic bag of methamphetamine. Investigators also became aware that Holloway was pregnant and her delivery date is expected to be at the end of December, according to the news release.

Holloway was taken into custody.

On Thursday, she was taken to a local medical facility for a comprehensive drug test, according to authorities. She tested positive for recent meth use.

According to the release, Holloway has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and felonious abuse of a child.

The JCSD is working with the District Attorney's office to find the best course of action for the welfare of the unborn child.

Authorities have contacted the Department of Human Services and is made aware of the case.

Holloway's initial appearance is Friday at 2 p.m. at Jones County Justice Court.