New Year’s Day Traffic Stop Leads To Narcotics Arrest

DATE:    JANUARY 2, 2022

SUBJECT:    New Year’s Day Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest

RELEASE NUMBER:    2022-NR-0102

CONTACT:    Major Jason Ashworth

AUTHORITY:    Sheriff David Wedding

On January 1st, 2022 at approximately 6:25pm, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Deputies were patrolling the area of Covert Ave/Frederick Ave. when a silver 2007 Ford Edge was observed exceeding the posted speed limit. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver and passenger. While speaking with both occupants, Deputies determined that the driver had a suspended driver’s license and the passenger provided false identification.

A Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detection K-9 assisted and indicated an alert on the vehicle for the odor of illegal narcotics. A probable cause search was conducted which resulted in the seizure of the following items:

  • 21.0 grams of crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine in multiple packages
  • 2.0 grams of a tan substance that field tested positive for Heroin and Fentanyl
  • Digital Scale with residue
  • Items used to package illegal narcotics for sale and distribution
  • Used hypodermic syringes
  • Multiple glass smoking devices with residue
  • Loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • Nearly $2,000.00 in U.S. Currency

Both occupants were placed into custody and subsequently arrested on the following charges and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail:


Shawn Marie Stehlik, 42, of Evansville, IN


Dealing Cocaine or Narcotic Drug – Level 2 Felony

Driving with License Suspended-Prior – Class A Misdemeanor

Speeding – Class B Infraction


Cody Allen Clark, 34, of Evansville, IN


Dealing Methamphetamine with Enhancing Circumstances – Level 2 Felony

Possession of a Firearm by a Felon – Level 5 Felony

Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe – Level 6 Felony

Possession of Paraphernalia – Class C Misdemeanor

False Informing/Reporting – Class B Misdemeanor

Outstanding Felony Warrant for Failure to Appear