Routine traffic stop leads to drug charges

2013-09-18T00:00:00Z Routine traffic stop leads to drug chargesDiane Poulton Times Correspondent
September 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LOWELL | Information gleaned from a Lowell traffic stop resulted in four suspects being charged with drug-related offenses over the weekend.

According to court documents, one of the suspects was dealing marijuana out of a Lowell home in the Indian Heights subdivision.

Dale R. Robertson, 22, of Lowell, is charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia; his mother Yolanda D. Lee, 49, of Lowell, with maintaining a common nuisance; Robert D. Stulka, 23, of Lowell, with maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia; and Joshua R. Marcum, 28, of Hammond, with visiting a common nuisance.

Robertson faces a maximum term of six years in prison; Lee and Stulka three years; and Marcum one year.

Lowell Assistant Police Chief James R. Woestman said Robertson was featured on MTV's series "Juvies" when he was a runaway.

Woestman commended the Lowell police and reserve officers and Lake County Sheriff’s deputies who assisted them.

“All the officers involved did a great job working together to charge a drug dealer and nuisance to the town,” Woestman said. “It shows what can happen when officers see beyond a simple traffic stop into more serious criminal activity.”

The traffic stop was made Friday. Based on information obtained from the stop, Woestman said, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for the home from which they seized more than 48 grams of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia.

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