Tyrone man jailed on drug charges

A Tyrone man is behind bars after a traffic stop allegedly turned up a pound of marijuana and a couple of thousand dollars in cash.

Jacob G. Schmitz, 28, of 273 Gates Hill Road, was pulled over about 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday after Altoona police were dispatched for an erratic driver who allegedly threw a water bottle and struck another vehicle.

Police found Schmitz driving on Margaret Avenue in a maroon-colored Mercury sedan that matched the description of the car, including its license plate, according to the charges filed in the case.

Schmitz allegedly admitted to throwing the water bottle that hit an adjacent car on 17th Street and said he had done so because the other driver had cut him off in traffic.

Altoona police Patrolman Garrett Trent wrote in the charges he could detect the heavy smell of marijuana coming from inside the car and when asked about it, Schmitz allegedly admitted he had pot in his backpack.

Police said when Schmitz was asked to step out of the car, he was on the phone with his mom and told her he was going to jail.

Inside the backpack, police allegedly found 1.12 pounds of marijuana in multiple bags as well as empty sandwich bags, a digital scale and $2,472 in cash.

Schmitz is charged with felony and misdemeanor drug charges along with a misdemeanor count of propulsion of missiles onto roadways and remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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