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Traffic Stop In Loogootee Leads To Search Warrant And Lands Three In Jail

Last updated on Monday, December 31, 2018

(LOOGOOTEE) - A traffic stop on Wednesday in Loogootee led officers to secure a search warrant and that search landed three Loogootee residents behind bars.

On Wednesday at 3:14 p.m., Martin County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Reed was on patrol in Loogootee and observed a vehicle equipment violation.

Loogootee Police Department Chief Kelly Rayhill was in the area and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The driver, 31-year-old William Bradley was driving on an expired driver's license.

Bradley gave officers consent to search the vehicle. He then informed the officers that he had marijuana and handed Deputy Reed a plastic bag containing the drug.

During a search of the vehicle Deputy Reed located a plastic container containing a white substance that field tested positive for meth.

Bradley was arrested on charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His passenger, 37-year-old Joy Grace, also of Loogootee, was arrested on charges of possession of meth and marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Martin County Security Center.

After further investigation, Deputy Reed requested and was granted a search warrant by Martin County Circuit Court Judge Lynne Ellis for Bradley's residence.

At 8:30 p.m. officers with the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Loogootee Police Department, and Indiana State Police executed the search warrant at Bradley's home. Bradley shares the residence with 50-year-old Gary Sager.

Sager was not home during the search.

At the residence, officers found meth, controlled substances, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday, around 7 p.m., Deputy Reed received an anonymous tip that Sager was in the area.

Deputy Reed, Sgt. Keith Keller and Loogootee Police officer Jim Floyd arrived at Sager's residence and arrested him on charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of meth, a controlled substance, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia and forgery.

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