Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges

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Gage Conner Lemay

HANCOCK COUNTY — An off-duty police officer with the McCordsville Police Department alerted the force to a person suspected of being on narcotics at the Family Express at 5964 West Broadway Street last week, a report states.

The observation by the alert officer led to the arrest of a man with a Bloomington address who has been charged with serious felony drug crimes.

Gage Conner Lemay, 26, 6ooo block of E. Vera Drive, Bloomington, was arrested on Aug. 18 and charged with a Level 4 felony count of possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony count of obstruction of justice, a Level 6 felony count of possession of a narcotic drug and three other misdemeanor drug related crimes.

According to a probable cause affidavit, an off-duty officer noticed a man suspected of drug use driving a Buick LeSabre and advised officials of the man’s location. Officers observed the vehicle exiting a parking lot before heading south on North 600W., the report stated. The vehicle with a male driver and female passenger pulled beside the officer’s vehicle, and the officer noticed the female had sunken cheeks, indicative of methamphetamine use, the report stated.

The officer ended up pulling the car over for a couple of different traffic violations in the 6500 block of North 600W., the report stated. Once stopped, the driver, identified as Lemay, told the officer he was headed back to Bloomington. Lemay was shaking and nervous, the officer noted in the report. The officer also noticed meth sores on the female passenger in the car.

Lemay denied the officer’s request to check the car for drugs, so the officer asked the two to stand in front of his car as a officer’s K-9 did a walk around the vehicle. The dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle, the report stated.

Officers found a pipe with white residue in the door; 18 colored pills inside the woman’s wallet, later identified as ecstasy; and four more of the same pills on the woman.

A further search of the vehicle turned up a box inside a backpack owned by Lemay containing a translucent rock-like substance (11.4 grams) which field-tested positive for methamphetamine, the report stated. Officials also found marijuana and a bag with a white powdery substance that field-tested for heroin, as well as other drugs inside a pill bottle, the report stated.

Lemay told officials the car was not his and he didn’t know what was inside of the backpack, despite the backpack having his ID in it, the report stated. The woman was released from the scene but was given a summons to appear in Hancock County Superior Court 2, Monday, Aug. 29. However, as of print time, no official charges were posted.

Lemay made his initial appearance in Hancock County Superior Court 1 Monday, Aug. 22 via zoom. A $10,000 cash bond was assigned and a pretrial conference was set for Wednesday, Sept. 21.