An Ohio man and a woman from Homer City are suspected of possession of cocaine and marijuana for sale after being found with drugs and related paraphernalia Tuesday afternoon at a hotel in White Township.

Both were lodged at the Indiana County Jail to face court action on previous charges. Investigators said both were wanted on warrants. According to jail officials identified them as Misti Lee Durante, 34, of Homer City, and Lamar Lewis Johnson, 37, of Arnold, Westmoreland County.

Durante was charged May 8 by Blairsville Borough police with possession of a small amount of marijuana. She failed to appear for a scheduled preliminary hearing June 5 in Blairsville District Court.

Johnson was charged by state police in Indiana with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a small amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and four summary traffic offenses on June 10 in White Township. A criminal complaint was filed and an arrest warrant issued June 21 in Homer City District Court.

It was unclear when Durante and Johnson would be formally charged in connection with the drug probe.

Troopers at Indiana initially stopped to question Durante in the parking lot at Ramada by Windham, at Wayne Avenue and Indian Springs Road, in connection with the active arrest warrant, and smelled burned marijuana coming from her car.

According to a report, investigators uncovered a supply of pot and a grinder in the car, then obtained a search warrant and seized two bags of suspected cocaine, some empty sandwich bags and a scale from a guest room rented to Durante and Johnson, a resident of Cleveland, according to a news release issued this morning.

Police arrested the pair at 4:45 p.m., after closing time of the local courts. Both were lodged at Indiana County Jail to await formal charges and preliminary arraignment.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette

Staff Writer/Web Editor

Chauncey Ross represents the Gazette at the county courthouse; Indiana Area and Homer-Center schools; Blairsville, Homer City, Clymer, Center and Burrell; and is something of an Open Records, Right to Know and Sunshine Law advocate in the newsroom.