PA man arrested on drug charges in Cass County


December 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Another person has been arrested on drug charges, following a traffic stop in Cass County. According to the Iowa State Patrol, 44-year old John T. Schanz, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody on Interstate 80 at around Noon, Wednesday.  Schanz was charged with possession with intent to deliver/marijuana, a drug stamp violation and prohibited acts. He was being held in the Cass County Jail on $5,000 bond.

On Monday, Trooper Wayne Brosam with the Iowa State Patrol stopped a 1996 conversion van with Illinois plates for speeding on I-80 at around 7:55-a.m., about two-miles east of the exit to Highway 71. During conversations with the driver, 34-year old Tramaine McCray, in Brosam’s patrol  car, the Trooper says he observed numerous indicators of criminal activity. At the conclusion of the traffic stop verbal consent was given to search the van. During a hand search of the vehicle, approximately 16.5 pounds of high grade marijuana was located in a natural void in the headliner of the conversion van.

McCray, and a passenger in the van, 34-year old Demetrius Johnson, were taken into custody on charges that include Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Deliver, Prohibited Acts and violation of the Drug Stamp Tax. They were later released from the Cass County Jail on $5,000 bond each.