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Bad headlight leads to drug charges

Courier-Times Staff Report

A traffic stop Tuesday evening for a non-functioning headlight landed an Anderson woman in jail for allegedly having meth, marijuana and a false and fictitious license plate that expired in 2016.

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday, an Indiana State Trooper reportedly saw a car with only one functioning headlight pull into a business near 18th Street and Broad Street in New Castle. Indiana law requires a car to have two functioning headlights.

As the trooper drove in behind the vehicle and activated his lights, he observed the license plate on the car had expired in 2016. After making contact with the driver, identified as Danielle Albano, age 30 of Anderson, the ISP Trooper reportedly found that the license plate on the car was not only expired it also didn’t belong to the car it was on.

Due to the expired, false and fictitious registered license plate, the officers called for a tow truck to impound the vehicle. As they inventoried the vehicle contents prior to the tow, they reportedly located methamphetamine and marijuana.

Albano was arrested and preliminarily charged with Level 6 felonies possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, as well a misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Albano was lodged in the Henry County Jail.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous.