BREWER, Maine — Two women are facing charges after drugs allegedly were found in their vehicle during a traffic stop, according to police.

Katherine Fernandes, 24, of Brewer and her passenger, Rachel Barrows, 26, of Bangor had been pulled over on State Street around 10 p.m. Saturday for an expired inspection sticker and broken license plate light, according to Brewer police Capt. Chris Martin.

Fernandes had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a prior theft charge, Martin said, but when Brewer police Officer Liz Kelley searched her, she allegedly found marijuana.

That gave Kelley probable cause to search the vehicle, and the search turned up prescription pills not prescribed to either of the women, in addition to heroin and cocaine, according to Martin.

Fernandes was charged with possession of a Schedule W drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, Martin said, while Barrows is facing charges of possession of Schedule W drugs as she allegedly had cocaine on her person, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession.

Both women were taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail.

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