WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS (NewsFirst) — Possession Of Controlled Substance – Fentanyl

Williamson County, Illinois – On February 27, 2024, at 1903 hours, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Deputies observed a vehicle traveling westbound on Illinois Route 13 near Briggs Road when it committed multiple traffic violations.

A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was identified as Tonya L. Shadowens.

While speaking with Shadowens Deputies observed her to appear nervous and display unusual behavior which included speaking rapidly and rambling, erratic physical behavior which included nodding her head wildly, smacking her lips repeatedly, and gesticulating wildly with her arms.

A check of Shadowens driver’s license discovered it had expired in 2017.

A Williamson County K9 Unit arrived on scene and K9 “Shadow” was deployed to conduct a free air sniff of the vehicle which resulted in a positive alert to the odor of narcotics.

Deputies conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle which located a digital scale and a white powdery substance which later field tested positive for Fentanyl.

Shadowens was advised she was under arrest, handcuffed, and seated in a patrol vehicle.

Shadowens was cited for the following:

Possession of Controlled Substance

No Valid Driver’s License

Improper Lane Usage

Shadowens was transported to and remanded into the custody of the Williamson County Jail.

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