Howe couple arrested on numerous drug charges

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A 32 year old man and a 27 year old woman, both from Howe, were arrested on Thursday, Nov. 8, on multiple drug charges after the car they were driving in was stopped by a Trooper from the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post.

The trooper says he saw a dark colored Oldsmobile passenger car traveling southbound on State Road 9, just south of the Toll Road in excess of the posted speed limit.  As the trooper got in behind the vehicle, a computer check revealed the license plate was registered to a different vehicle.

The trooper initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Stephanie M. Wagler and her passenger, Marty C. O’Brien, Jr.

During the course of the interaction, O’Brien was asked to exit the vehicle, and when he finally complied, he began to struggle with the trooper.  A second trooper assisted in getting O’Brien placed into custody at which time, a syringe was located on O’Brien.  Wagler was also asked out of the vehicle as a LaGrange County Sheriff’s Deputy and his K-9 partner prepared to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle.

Based on the K-9’s exam, a vehicle search was undertaken.  A loaded .40 caliber handgun, a .22 caliber handgun, numerous loaded handgun magazines, a suspected substance believed to be marijuana, a suspected substance believed to be methamphetamine, and other items of drug paraphernalia were located.

Both Wagler and O’Brien were transported to the LaGrange County Jail, where more suspected methamphetamine was found on Wagler’s person during the book-in process.  They were both incarcerated on the following preliminary charges:

  • Stephanie M. Wagler, 37 from Howe, Indiana
    • Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
    • Possession of a Handgun Without a License, Class A Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor
  • Marty C. O’Brien, 32 from Howe, Indiana
    • Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
    • Possession of a Syringe, Level 6 Felony
    • Resisting Law Enforcement, Class A Misdemeanor
    • Possession of a Handgun Without a License, Class A Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
    • Possession of Paraphernalia, Class C Misdemeanor

Both were being held on a $10,000 bond each.

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