A LaGrange County man was arrested late Monday night at his residence on numerous drug related charges following a traffic stop in Noble County.
According to a press release from the Indiana State Police (ISP), at approximately 9 p.m. on June 10, an ISP trooper initiated a traffic stop for a speeding violation on SR 3 in the area of Angling Rd. on the north side of Kendallville. During the trooper’s interaction with the driver, Kelly Joe Patrick, 37, of rural LaGrange, the trooper saw a hypodermic needle in the center console area of the front passenger compartment.
Further investigation led to Patrick's residence in the 3600S block of CR 950E in LaGrange County, which resulted in the issuance of a search warrant for that residence.
During execution of the search warrant ISP troopers, along with officers from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and LaGrange City Police Department, discovered meth in excess of three grams, marijuana, and paraphernalia commonly associated with narcotics use.
Patrick was arrested and taken to the LaGrange County Jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 cash bond. He was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine more than three grams, possession of methamphetamine with a firearm, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia.