TERRE HAUTE -- During a routine inspection Wednesday, Indiana State Police Troopers discovered several grams of marijuana inside the cab of a load of produce.
At approximately 2:47 p.m., Wednesday, ISP Troopers and Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers were working at the eastbound Interstate-70 Scale Facility located near the one mile marker when Master Trooper Churck Tharp, Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officer Supervisor Cindy Gray and CMV officer Tom Cole initiated an inspection of an eastbound tractor-trailer unit.
The refrigerated semi was hauling a load of produce melons from Nogales, Ariz., to Schenectady, N.Y.
During the inspection, officers became suspicious of the two men inside the tractor and their paperwork. ISP Trooper Mike Finney and his canine partner Sabre were then summoned to assist.
The ISP canine alerted officers to an area of the tractor's cab and trailer, locating nearly 30 grams of suspected marijuana inside the cab.
The two males were immediately taken into custody. Gray then entered the rear of the trailer to inspect the load of produce and found six bales of suspected marijuana wrapped in plastic and hidden among the boxes of produce.
The driver, Renaldo R. Ferguson, 30, Paterson, N.J., was transported to Terre Haute Regional Hospital for a chemical test and then incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail. The passenger, Omar A. Andrews, 25, Mt. Vernon, N.Y., was taken to Vigo County Jail.
The tractor and trailer were taken to a local Terre Haute retailer where the boxes of melons were off loaded.
The six bales of marijuana weighed approximately 133 pounds with an estimated street value of $120,000. Also confiscated was $4,000 in U.S. currency found inside the cab.
Ferguson was charged with one count of Operating While Intoxicated (Marijuana) (a class C misdemeaner) and one count of dealing in marijuana (class C felony).
Andrews was charged with one count of dealing in marijuana (class C felony).