Drugs, knife found in vehicle search by Norfolk Police

NORFOLK, Neb. -- A 57-year-old Norfolk man and a 40-year-old homeless woman are in custody after Norfolk Police found drug paraphernalia and a knife during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Capt. Mike Bauer says an officer pulled a vehicle over at 10:17 a.m. for failing to signal a turn. The driver, 57-year-old Reginald A. Simmons, was driving on a suspended license. The passenger was 40-year-old Susan R. Winters-Branham.

In a search of the vehicle, the officer located methamphetamine and syringes on Winters-Branham and a knife with a nearly-six-inch-long blade under the driver’s seat. Simmons has previous criminal convictions which prohibit him from possessing such a weapon.

Simmons was arrested for driving under suspension and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person. Winters-Branham was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Both were housed in the Norfolk City Jail and both were transferred to the Madison County Jail.