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Marijuana found during traffic stop


On Feb. 1, a LaGrange County deputy stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox near Townline Road and US 20 for multiple infractions.

According to the police report, the deputy noticed the odor of marijuana when he made contact with the driver, Mark J. Mauricio, 51, of Ft. Wayne.

Deputy Brian Emelander and his K-9 partner Tyson were requested and deployed to check the vehicle. Tyson reportedly had a positive alert to the possible presence of illegal narcotics in the vehicle.

Officers searched the vehicle and found over two pounds of what is believed to be marijuana, the report stated.

According to the report, Mauricio admitted to have consumed marijuana. He was tested and preliminary tests were positive for the presence of controlled substances.

Mauricio was transported to the LaGrange County Jail on preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana Over 30 grams, a Class D felony, and Operating While Intoxicated (Controlled Substance), a Class A misdemeanor. Bond was set at $6,000.

The LaGrange Police Department assisted with the investigation.