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Courtesy Auburn Police Department
These drugs and paraphernalia were taken from a car stopped on a minor traffic violation Monday morning, Auburn police said.

Auburn traffic stop yields drug charges

Several people were arrested on drug charges late Monday morning in Auburn after officers pulled over a car on a minor traffic violation, Auburn police said.

Officers stopped a blue 1991 Pontiac Bonneville about 11:45 a.m. in the area of 15th Street and Indiana Avenue because the car was being operated with an obstructed view, according to a statement issued by the Auburn Police Department. It said a search revealed illegal drugs and paraphernalia.

One of the passengers, Michael J. Howard, 25, of Sanford, Fla., was charged with dealing methamphetamine, dealing in a look-alike substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance, police said.

The driver, Zachary R. Lunsford, 21, of Swanton, Ohio, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a synthetic drug and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Two passengers from Angola, both 20, were charged with drug-related misdemeanors. The Journal Gazette does not routinely publish the names of those charged only with misdemeanors.