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Two arrested after traffic stop


A traffic stop initiated after a vehicle failed to use a turn signal ended up with the arrest of two men on drug charges early Monday morning.

According to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy stopped a 1995 Buick  shortly after 3 a.m. on Oct. 1 when it failed to use a turn signal while turning onto CR 350S.

When the deputy approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he reportedly smelled the odor of raw marijuana.

The department’s K-9, Tyson, performed a sniff of the vehicle and alerted on the driver’s side door. During the investigation, one of the vehicle’s occupants, Timothy Wells Jr., 19, of Angola reportedly told officers that there was marijuana under the driver’s seat. Officers searched the vehicle and found a wooden box under the seat that reportedly contained a green, leafy substance. More of the substance was found in the back seat and trunk of the car, the report said.

A passenger in the vehicle, Bartley Sizemore, 47, of LaGrange also had some of the same substance on his clothing, the report added.

Both were taken to the LaGrange County Jail and booked on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana. Wells was also charged with possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.