CLOVERDALE -- A traffic stop Monday by an Indiana State Police motor carrier officer turned into a criminal investigation after police officials discovered 600 pounds of alleged marijuana inside a semi trailer.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., Motor Carrier Officer Wyan Dravigne stopped a 1998 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer traveling east bound on 1-70 at the 41mm to conduct a safety inspection. The 41mm is located at the Cloverdale exit.
During the course of the inspection and while speaking to the driver, Emanuel Joseph Edwards, 51, of Winston Salem, N.C., Dravigne observed several indicators on the semi-tractor and trailer consistent with drug trafficking.
Trooper John Myers, Putnam County Home Detention Officer Nate O'Hair and his K-9, Deuce, arrived to assist Dravigne. The dog did alert on the trailer.
The tractor and trailer were transported to Curtis towing, and the contents were offloaded with the assistance of ISP Drug Enforcement and Putnam County Sheriff's Department personnel.
During the course of the trailer offload, officers located nine bags of alleged marijuana with a total weight of 600 pounds. Drug Enforcement Officers estimated the marijuana to have a street value of $600,000 dollars.
Edwards was transported to the Putnam County Jail without incident and is being held without bond. He is charged with dealing in marijuana (over 10 pounds) and possession of marijuana (over 10 pounds), both Class C felonies.
This is another example of criminals using our highways for the dangerous transportation of drugs, said ISP Sergeant Dean Wildauer.
Officer Dravigne did a fantastic job of paying attention during a seemingly routine safety inspection and he removed a large amount of drugs due to his training.
Monday, June 21, 2010