PORTLAND, Ind. - Two Portland women face meth-dealing charges after a traffic stop led to their arrests.
The dealing charge filed in Jay Circuit Court against 30-year-old Ariel Louise Gallo is a Level 2 felony carrying up to 30 years in prison, while 56-year-old Patricia A. Ingram is charged with a Level 4 felony with a maximum 12-year sentence.
Gallo was a passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation on Nov. 23.
The Portland woman, convicted of dealing in meth in 2018, was determined to be in possession of a bag containing 13.5 grams of meth and three pills of a prescription medication.
Gallo tried to persuade officers that a customer at the restaurant where she works had accidentally dropped the drugs there, and that she intended to throw them away.
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Investigators then searched an apartment Gallo shared with Ingram in the 700 block of Creagor Avenue.
Authorities said they found another 2.65 grams of meth, a smaller amount of marijuana and paraphernalia including a "metal smoking device" and a set of digital scales.
They also determined a 2-year-old boy was staying at the apartment.
Gallo is also charged with possession of meth, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
Ingram faces additional charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. Her record includes a 2011 conviction for dealing in a controlled substance.
Both women continued to be held Thursday in the Jay County jail.
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Douglas Walker is a news reporter at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Drug probe leads to dealing charges against Portland women