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Portage traffic stop leads to arrest of suspected drug dealer
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Portage traffic stop leads to arrest of suspected drug dealer

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Portage police arrested a teenager with over 75 grams of THC and other evidence claiming she was selling marijuana.

Trinity Wetzel, 17, Portage, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver THC (=200 grams), a class I felony, in Columbia County last week. Columbia County Judge Troy Cross set standard felony conditions at Wetzel’s initial appearance on Nov. 15.

Cross set a signature bond at $500 and online records show Wetzel is out of custody.

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According to the criminal complaint, on the night of Nov. 14 a Portage Police Officer made a traffic stop on McFarlane Road at the intersection of West Cook Street.

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While the officer was speaking with Wetzel, the lone occupant in the car, the officer could allegedly smell the odor of marijuana coming from car. The officer asked Wetzel about the smell and Wetzel allegedly admitted there was marijuana in her purse.

The officer had Wetzel exit the car, placed her in the squad car and began searching the vehicle. The complaint alleges there was a baggy with marijuana in it in the center console along with $50 in cash, along with a marijuana cigarette.

In the backseat of the car was another purse which contained four other baggies with marijuana in them. There was also a digital scale in the purse, four bottles of liquid THC and $402 in cash.

The officer then searched Wetzel’s phone which showed messages from someone allegedly asking for “$50 worth.” On the phone were also messages asking to buy marijuana from Wetzel.

The five baggies of marijuana taken from the car weighed a total of 76.6 grams. One of the bags was tested using a chemical reagent field test that was positive for the presence of THC.

Wetzel is scheduled to be back in court next week for a pre-trial conference.

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