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Defective Taillights Result In Marijuana Arrest
Updated January 3, 2017 8:14 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(VIGO CO.) - On Friday, December 30th, Indiana State Police Trooper Ian Portteus stopped a blue Chevrolet Impala near 22nd and Liberty streets in Terre Haute for no illuminated taillights on vehicle.

As Trooper Portteus began conversations with the two occupants, he noticed possible criminal indicators and a strong odor of Marijuana coming from the vehicle's interior. Trooper Nicole Cheeks and officers from the Terre Haute Police arrived to assist and a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded trace amounts of Marijuana throughout the interior, open containers of alcohol, scales with alleged Marijuana residue, and a loaded .380 caliber handgun. The driver was found to not have an Indiana gun permit to carry such a weapon.

The driver was taken into custody and identified as 22-year-old Devonce O. Whitesides of Terre Haute. Whitesides was transported to the Vigo County Jail and during his in-processing, approximately 30 grams of Marijuana was found inside his under-clothing. Whitesides was preliminarily charged with Possession of a Handgun without a Permit; Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Paraphernalia, Open Container Violation, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. A 17-year-old juvenile male passenger was not charged and released from the scene.

The incident was investigated by ISP Trooper Ian Portteus. Assisting were ISP Trooper Nicole Cheeks and officers from the Terre Haute Police Department.



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