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Felony: Pain Pills Found in Purse During Traffic Stop

Taryn Santefort, of New Lenox, faces three possession charges, one of which is a felony.

A New Lenox woman faces felony charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of narcotic pain pills in her purse.

Taryn A. Santefort, 22, of the 1100 block of Hickory Creek Drive in New Lenox, is charged with possession a controlled substance, a felony, as well as possession of a narcotic instrument and possession of cannabis, both misdemeanors.

A Frankfort police officer was on patrol at 3:15 p.m. Feb. 3 on the 9500 block of Lincoln Highway, when he saw a blue Dodge Stratus with an expired registration sticker.

The officer attempted to perform a traffic stop near the intersection at Elsner Road, but the car did not immediately stop. As the vehicle slowed, the officer saw the passenger, Santefort, reaching toward the floorboard and back seat of the car.

Once the car came to a stop, the officer smelled burnt cannabis coming from the vehicle as he spoke to the driver. The officer also determined that the registration sticker on the vehicle did not match the license plate. The driver told the officer he found the sticker and put it on his car.

When asked about the smell and suspicious movement, Santefort admitted that she had cannabis and a bowl in her purse, according to police reports.

The officer also found a prescription bottle containing three pills, which were identified by police as hydrocodone, when searching her purse. The name on the bottle did not match Santefort’s and police reports state that she told the officer that the pills were not prescribed to her.

The driver of the car was cited and released.

Santefort was arrested, processed and transported to Will County Jail. Her court date is Feb. 25.

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lauren March 01, 2013 at 05:24 PM
actually, im really not that close to the situation .. judgement yet again :) i know her yes, but i would say the same thing i did even if it were about a person i didnt know. and just because you werent upfront about judging doesnt mean you werent .. "and if the pills just jumped into your purse im sure the mom can explain that for you" that is sarcastic judging. and yes, i am angry right now because people like YOU have no right to judge someone just by one incident in their life. and no i didnt judge you by being a mom, because im one too, i was judging you by your name because you are a "new lenox mom" who thinks that you crap roses obviously if your sitting here giving your opinion where it isnt needed AND checking back a week later, like you said. thats pathetic. i didnt randomly come across this, i found out about it today because i actially have a life and dont stalk other peoples. and since i am a mother, i try not to judge other peoples children because thats bad karma and im sure my daughter isnt going to be a perfect little angel. so no, im not judging. im stating facts by what i see in this conversation .
New Lenox Mom March 01, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Good luck to you Lauren! Please your mental health depends on you controlling your anger. Seek help. I did not "check back", I got an email with your rant that is full of unsubstantiated innuendo and falshehoods. Just because I am a mom (of adult children) does not mean I am a "stay at home" mom. One fun fact, I am a successful business owner! My comment about the pills jumping into her purse based on her own statement, sarcastic...definitely, judging...not in the least. I am not sure you truly understand what "judging" means. Your rants are filled with judgements and false statements. The word for that would be hypocrytical.
Well this is a great website!! Let's give the ability to gossip with each other on a "news" patch. I think that there should be no comments for this type of thing this is here so we can be aware of what's happens in our neighborhoods. I think that the argument here shouldn't be What people have to say in response into the post. Because it's not for you to say your not police nor a lawyer judge God whatever. If you like seeing What other people do and posting about go to Facebook. Where your probably not even friends with your own kid. I get it come on here and poke your nose feel important. Then maybe think about What you could be doing instead of commenting on here
Travis French March 13, 2013 at 02:06 AM
I'm confused. Do you Anna Schier not understand that no convictions have been made. If you would like to review the law, you will thoroughly see that this is slander. I will respectfully leave this as hateful speech to some random girl. Thank you Anna.
J. Ann March 13, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Really, Lauren, can you just be quiet?

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