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Stranded motorist arrested on numerous drug-related charges

While conducting a welfare check on a broken-down vehicle and its two occupants, a trooper from the Indiana State Police Toll Road Post arrested one of those occupants on numerous drug related charges December 28.

According to Trooper Aaron Meyer, at approximately 2:40 a.m. on December 28, he was dispatched to the 132 mile marker on the westbound side of the toll road to check on a broken-down vehicle.  While speaking with the two occupants, he offered them the opportunity to sit in his patrol vehicle to get out of the frigid cold.  He reported the temperature at the time to be -6.

His suspicions were heightened when the occupants refused his offer and indicated they would wait in their vehicle, which was not able to run or provide heat, for the tow truck they had already called.  Further investigation by Meyer led to a LaGrange County Sheriff Department K-9 being summoned to conduct an open-air sniff around the vehicle.

Following a positive alert for narcotics, a search of the vehicle was conducted.  Methamphetamine, a plant-like material believed to be marijuana, ecstasy, heroin and prescription pills were allegedly located along with a syringe and other items commonly associated with the use and dealing of narcotics.  Purportedly, more than $800 in U.S. currency was also found.

The driver of the vehicle, Erin Paul Kaiser, 41, and the passenger, Scott Fraley, 55, both from Angola, Ind., were taken into custody without incident and incarcerated in the LaGrange County Jail.  Kaiser was preliminarily charged with driving while suspended prior.

Fraley was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana with a previous conviction, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia.