On February 17, 2016, Detective Kurtis Wallace was on patrol in the 400 block of Clifty Drive. While in the area, Detective Wallace noticed a male whom he knows as Jon P. Ryals, AGE 32, of Madison. Detective Wallace had arrested Ryals and his girlfriend Savannah Richardson, AGE 27, also of Madison, just six days prior for possession of methamphetamine and carrying a handgun without a license.
Detective Wallace conducted a BMV License check and found that Ryals’ driver’s license was suspended.
Detective Wallace began to follow the vehicle in a fully marked patrol vehicle. The license plate on the vehicle Ryals was driving was also found to have expired in 2015. Based on Ryals not having a valid license and the expired registration. Detective Wallace conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.
Detective Wallace made contact with Ryals and placed him under arrest for driving while suspended. Detective Wallace also encountered Richardson in the passenger seat. During a search of Ryals, Detective Wallace located an operational digital scale with a white residue on Ryals’ person. Ryals denied having any narcotics and allowed Detective Wallace to search the vehicle.
During the search, Detective Wallace located a plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance on the passenger floor where Richardson was positioned. The substance later field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Richardson and Ryals denied knowledge of the methamphetamine.
Detective Wallace also located small plastic bags that are often times used in the distribution of narcotics. Richardson was also placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine. Both were transported to the Jefferson County Jail.
Once at the jail, a search of Richardson’s person was conducted by jail staff. During the search, jail staff located a glass pipe, prescription pills, and marijuana. Jail staff also located a large bag containing a crystal-like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine. The bag of methamphetamine found weighed more than 22 grams.
Savannah Richardson, 27, of Madison
CHARGES: Dealing in methamphetamine-Level 2 felony, possession of methamphetamine-Level 4 felony, possession of a narcotic drug-Level 6 felony, possession of marijuana-Class B misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia-Class C misdemeanor
Jon P. Ryals, 32, of Madison
CHRAGES: Driving while suspended-prior conviction