Two men and a woman, all from Wisconsin, were arrested Saturday morning in Whitley County by Indiana State Police on drug related charges after they were stopped for a moving violation.
According to Trooper Justin Snyder, at approximately 9:50 a.m. he stopped an eastbound 2017 Kia on US 30 in the area of County Road 450 W for purportedly traveling 85 miles per hour in the posted 60 zone.
As Snyder began talking to the trio in the car, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment. Further investigation led to a vehicle search which turned up an excess of 10 grams of suspected marijuana, 10 packages of cannabis infused vapor cartridges, three Xanax pills and two MDMA (Ecstasy) pills.
The driver, 24-year-old Christopher Lashaun Lewis, Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin was taken to Parkview Whitley hospital as part of Snyder’s investigation into operating while intoxicated under a controlled substance. He was later incarcerated in the Whitley County Jail on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated under a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
The two passengers, 23-year-old Bianca Marie Cantagallo of New Berlin, Wisconsin and 21-year-old Darnell Tyjuan Curry of Kenosha, Wisconsin were both taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the Whitley County Jail. Cantagallo faces preliminary charges of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance while Curry faces a preliminary charge of Possession of Marijuana.
Snyder was assisted by the Whitley County Sheriff Department.