Traffic stop leads to the arrest of three on drug charges

On November 23, 2017, at 12:52 a.m. Gibson County Deputy U.B. Smith stopped a 2014 Chevy Cruze for speeding on US 41 near Fort Branch, Indiana. Upon approaching the vehicle Deputy Smith detected the odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. At that point Deputy Smith began a roadside investigation that resulted in the arrest of the driver 35 year old Eric Cripe of Fort Wayne for Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of Marijuana. Also arrested were passengers 43 year old Aaron Staniszewski for Possession of Marijuana and 52 year old Patricia Staniszewski of Calien, Michigan for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance. All subjects were transported to the Gibson County Jail, and have since posted bond.

Assisting Deputy Smith in his investigation was Deputy Jennifer Loesch.

All Criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.