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Drug arrests follow traffic stops Friday

An officer with the LaGrange Police Department made two traffic stops within a few hours of each other on Friday, May 2, with each stop resulting in an arrest on various drug charges.

According to the LaGrange Police Department, the officer first stopped a 1987 Dodge Dakota for a traffic infraction around 7 p.m. Friday on US 20 near CR 100E.

During the stop, the officer reportedly recovered methamphetamine, marijuana, Paraphernalia and a controlled substance.

The driver of the Dakota, Marc Smith, 37, of Kendallville was taken to the LaGrange County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Three hours later, around 10 p.m., the officer stopped a 2004 Lincoln LS for traveling left of center on US 20 just west of Townline Road.

The traffic stopped turned into a drug investigation when, according to the police department, the driver told the officer that he was in possession of drugs.

Travis Crager, 35, of Angola was taken to the LaGrange County Jail on preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine (due to 32 individual packages found with an approximate total weight of 12.5 grams), driving while suspended- prior, possession of paraphernalia, OWI by controlled substance, and maintaining a common nuisance.

The LaGrange Police Department noted that the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the traffic stop.