Traffic stop yields drug arrest
An alert deputy on routine patrol made a narcotics arrest early Wednesday morning near Wanatah, Indiana. A Sheriff’s Deputy Rashaun Sinclair was patrolling US 30 near CR 1100 W at just before 8 AM when he observed two vehicles parked in the parking lot at the Christian Church of Wanatah. Deputy Sinclair observed one person outside of the vehicles and when he pulled into the area to investigate further the vehicle both abruptly left. Deputy Sinclair followed one of the vehicles, a maroon Cadillac Escalade, which committed a traffic violation and was stopped on US 30 near the Porter / La Porte County Line. While speaking with the driver, who was identified as 23-year-old Kyle Burgess of Gary, Indiana, the deputy detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the Cadillac. It was determined that Burgess did not have a driver’s license for which he was taken into custody. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a small amount of Marijuana, two syringes, narcotics paraphernalia and a small amount of what is suspected to be crystal methamphetamine. Kyle Burgess was transported to the La Porte County jail where he was lodged on the following charges; Unlawful Possession of a Syringe ( level 6 felony ), Possession of Marijuana ( class A misdemeanor ), Possession of Paraphernalia ( class A misdemeanor ) and Operating a Motor Vehicle With Ever Receiving a License ( class C misdemeanor ).
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