Routine Traffic Stop on Route 222 Results in Drug Allegations for Lancaster Man

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BROWNSTOWN, PA — A routine traffic stop turned unexpectedly serious when a Lancaster man was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance. The incident occurred on February 12, 2024, when Officer Zachary Crills of the West Earl Township Police Department stopped a 2011 Ford Escape on Route 222 South.

At approximately 11:14 AM, Officer Crills noticed the vehicle with expired Pennsylvania state inspection and emission stickers at mile marker 36.6. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle’s registration had been expired for thirteen months. The driver was identified as Christopher Mauger, a 40-year-old male from Lancaster.

Upon interacting with Mauger, Officer Crills observed multiple vape pens in the center console of the vehicle. When questioned, Mauger identified these as marijuana vape pens containing THC oil, leading to allegations of possession of a controlled substance. Following this discovery, Mauger was placed under arrest, and his vehicle was impounded due to its unregistered status.

Mauger was then transported to the West Earl Township Police Department for processing. He was fingerprinted, photographed, and subsequently released. Charges brought against Mauger include possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, operating an unregistered vehicle, and operating without a valid inspection.

While these allegations against Mauger are serious, it’s crucial to remember that they remain allegations until proven otherwise. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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