Passenger arrested on drug charges following traffic stop

DOWAGIAC, Mich. -- A passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Dowagiac Police officer was arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop Tuesday evening.

A Dowagiac officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on E. Division Street around 11:15 p.m. for improper registration on the vehicle, reports said.

While speaking with the driver and two passengers, the officer realized the back seat passenger gave false identifying information, reports said.

Officers positively identified the man and determined he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

He was arrested on the warrant.

A K9 was deployed and alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.

Officers found 22 grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia and some possibly stolen property in the vehicle, reports said.

The 34-year-old passenger, from Granger, Ind., is facing preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and providing false identification to a police officer.

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

The driver of the vehicle was cited for improper registration and released along with the other passenger.

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