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Traffic stop results in drug arrests

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BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

Indiana State Police arrested two Florida residents on multiple drug charges during a traffic stop on June 27.

ISP Trooper Steven Glass was heading northbound on U.S. 31 when he clocked a vehicle in front of him going 70 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to an ISP probable cause affidavit.

The vehicle also failed to signal when switching lanes to which caused Glass to initiate his emergency lights and pull the vehicle over on U.S. 31 just north of County Road 400 North in Miami County.

Glass identified the driver of the vehicle as Noah Z. Mallett, 27, Bradenton, Florida and the passenger as Katelyn E. Cavanaugh, 22, Sarasota, Florida.

“While speaking with both subjects, I observed both being extremely nervous and would not make eye contact with me,” stated the ISP affidavit. “I could smell a faint odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.”

Glass reported he questioned both subjects on whether there were illegal narcotics in the vehicle to which Mallett responded no and Cavanaugh didn’t reply, according to the ISP affidavit.

Glass dispatched for a K9 to conduct a free air sniff on the vehicle while he ran the pair through a database to check for warrants.

After the K9 reportedly got a positive hit on the vehicle, Glass had Mallet and Cavanaugh exit the vehicle while he conducted a search.

“During the search, I located two metal smoking devices (drug paraphernalia) in a black backpack in the rear of the vehicle,” said information from the ISP affidavit. “I also located two vials of Indica and Sativa- both contain THC a controlled substance.”

Other officers allegedly located suspected narcotic drugs inside a Cheez It box that were individually packaged and bunched up inside a vacuum sealed bag, according to the ISP affidavit.

Two other vacuum sealed bags with individually packaged narcotic drugs were also located inside of a Nature Valley Granola bar box and a Blue Edition Red Bull box.

“Also located inside a bag in the rear were several individual ‘playboy bunny’ zip lock bags which matched the zip lock bags that contained the narcotic drug,” said the ISP affidavit.

There were also reportedly two bottles of “Drug Checking Kit,” a kit used to check drugs before ingesting them.

According to the ISP affidavit, the vacuum bags contained suspected “THC wax, LSD, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, 3-types of Ecstasy, Hash Oil, Heroin, 2 types of MDMA, Adderall, Alprazolam (Xanax), and Oxycodone.”

“The LSD, Cocaine, THC, Hash Oil, Heroin, MDMA, and Methamphetamine all field tested positive,” stated the ISP affidavit.

The pills located were verified through Drugs.com as “Oxycodone 15mg, a schedule 2 controlled substance; Alprazolam 2mg, a schedule 4 controlled substance; and Adderall 30mg, a schedule 2 controlled substance,” according to the ISP affidavit.

The cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA weighed in at 10 grams for each.

Mallet and Cavanaugh were arrested and transported to the Miami County Jail where they were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia, possession of marijuana possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cocaine.

Their individual bonds were set at $185,000 surety.