Police: Fort Wayne couple had weed, gun with kids in SUV

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Adam W Swygart Heather P Swygart

A Fort Wayne cpuple was arrested Monday night after state police said they found more than 100 grams of marijuana and a handgun in their SUV, which they were traveling in with their three young children.

Around 10:15 p.m., a state trooper pulled over a Chevrolet Tahoe for an equipment violation on the Indiana Toll Road just west of the Howe exit in LaGrange County, a news release said. As the trooper spoke with the driver – 39-year-old Adam W. Swygart – he reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the passenger compartment of the SUV, the release said.

A search of the Tahoe turned up approximately 120 grams of marijuana in various packages, bags and in chewable and edible form, the release said. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was also found in the glove box, which allegedly belonged to the passenger – 37-year-old Heather P. Swygart. Neither Swygart had a valid handgun permit, police said.

Adam Swygart was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Heather Swygart was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and possession of a handgun without a permit.    

The children in the SUV – ages 8, 5 and 1 – were released to family members. 

State police said in the release that child welfare officials will conduct an investigation into the incident.

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