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PORTAGE — Two men are facing felony drug dealing charges and a third a misdemeanor charge following a traffic stop.

According to authorities, police stopped a car early Sunday morning on Willowcreek Road near Stone Avenue for an alleged traffic violation.

During the traffic stop, the officer smelled "a strong odor of unburnt marijuana," according to police, which led to the search of the 2005 Honda Accord.

The driver of the car, Bradley Huke, 28, of DeMotte, and passengers Thomas Lewandowski, 23, of East Chicago, and Joseph Loar, 23, of Wheatfield, all denied knowledge of any drugs in the car, police said.

During the search, police located several bags of marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and several pills later to be identified as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. They also located more than $2,200 either in Huke's possession or in the car along with fake Diet Coke and Pringles cans used to conceal some of the illegal drugs.

After consulting with the Porter County prosecutor's office on Monday, charges of level 3 felony dealing cocaine and dealing a schedule I, II or III controlled substance were approved to be filed against both Huke and Lewandowski. The two are also facing several misdemeanor charges ranging from possession of a controlled substance to dealing marijuana. Loar was charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance charge.

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Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.