Goshen traffic stop leads to drug charges

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP- A routine traffic stop on U.S. Route 62 has led to felony drug charges.

Goshen police on Monday released charges against two out-of-state travelers found to be in possession of a large amount of cash, marijuana and assorted suspected drugs following a traffic stop by Officer David Eck at 9:53 p.m. Dec. 27.

The driver, James Mark Yard, 22, Pittsburgh, was charged with felony possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver’s license and two headlights required. His passenger, Taylor Austin-Wayne Thompson, 20, Ellerslie, Md., was charged with felony possession of drugs (MDMA), possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of paraphernalia. The test results of the other substances have not been returned yet.

According to Eck’s report, Yard was westbound approaching Duck Creek Road in a vehicle bearing a Pennsylvania registration and missing a headlight.

Upon approaching the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana could be detected. It was determined that Yard’s license was expired and Thompson’s suspended, so the vehicle needed towed.

During a search of Yard, officers found a black cloth bag containing marijuana and a rubber square with a brown substance which Yard said was a caramel mixed with THC extracted from marijuana. Nothing was found on Thompson.

An tow inventory search of the vehicle uncovered a large amount of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of cash, suspected MDMA, suspected mushrooms and a large assortment of unknown substances in two bookbags in the trunk.

Both Yard and Thompson face a preliminary hearing on Feb. 6 in Sebring court, according to online court dockets.

Alliance police assisted with the incident.