Traffic stop leads to marijuana arrest

BEAN BLOSSOM — Two Brown County men were arrested on drug paraphernalia and marijuana charges after a traffic stop July 21.

Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Stargell was patrolling on North State Road 135 when he stopped a vehicle in the 5600 block for not having a license plate light.

He reported smelling marijuana when he approached the vehicle. The driver and one passenger, David C. Hoefling, 23, denied there being any marijuana in the vehicle. A second passenger, Chance A. Hayes, 18, remained silent, Stargell reported.

All occupants exited the vehicle. Upon searching Hoefling, Reserve Deputy William Pool reported finding a multi-colored glass pipe in his left cargo shorts pocket. Deputy Bill Southerland searched Hayes, but found nothing on him, the affidavit said.

While searching the backseat of the vehicle where Hayes was sitting, Pool reported finding a baggie of marijuana which would have been directly between Hayes’ feet.

Hayes and Hoefling were taken to the Brown County jail. The driver was released and given a warning for the license plate light, the report said.

On July 22, Hayes was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Hoefling was charged with possession of paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.