LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - A routine traffic stop in Dearborn County Thursday afternoon turned into a significant drug bust for Indiana State Police.
The incident occurred about 2 p.m. when Senior Trooper Jimmy Wells was patrolling Interstate 74 in Dearborn County. Wells stopped a 2010 Chevrolet Impala traveling eastbound near the 164-mile marker for speeding.
During the course of the traffic stop, Wells became suspicious of possible criminal activity and requested a police dog be brought to the scene.
Officer Jacob Jump and his K-9 partner, Newby, from the Lawrenceburg Police Department responded. Newby alerted on the vehicle and a subsequent search resulted in the discovery of about 50 pounds of marijuana.
The driver, Ashley L. Love, 32, of Indianapolis, was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center. He is now facing a charge of dealing in marijuana - over 10 pounds, which is a Class "C "felony.
The marijuana, valued at about $50,000, was being transported from Indianapolis to Cincinnati, according to police reports.
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