(Portage) Two people from Portage have been charged with a number of drug related crimes. On Monday, detectives with the Columbia County Drug Task Force were conducting an on-going drug investigation concerning trafficking of illegal controlled substances. During the investigation, a suspect was observed getting into a taxicab and a traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle. Sheriff Roger Brandner says a police K-9 was deployed and was alerted to the odor of illegal substances.
A subsequent search of the passengers resulted in the recovery of roughly 48 grams of methamphetamine, two-point-eight (2.8) grams of heroin, three-point-one (3.1) grams of marijuana products and a variety of prescription pills. The driver of the taxicab was uninvolved and released while the passengers were taken into custody.
Twenty-nine-year-old Andrew Kripps is facing multiple drug charges including Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Deliver and Maintaining a Drug Dwelling. Thirty-one-year-old Justine Rogers is facing charges of Maintaining a Drug Dwelling, Possession of THC and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Brandner says the investigation continued at a motel room located on the south side of Portage where additional drug paraphernalia, marijuana and illicit prescription medications were found. He says both Kripps and Rogers are being held at the Columbia County Jail awaiting court appearances.