CLOVERDALE -- A Monday traffic stop by an Indiana State Police motor carrier officer turned into a criminal investigation after 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 eastbound on Interstate-70 at the 41-milemarker to conduct a safety inspection. The milemarker is located at the Cloverdale exit.
During the course of the inspection and while speaking to the driver, Emanuel Joseph Edwards, 51, 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 officer 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 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.
Edwards was transported to the Putnam County Jail without incident and is being held without bond. He was preliminary charged with dealing in marijuana (more than 10 pounds) and possession of marijuana (more than 10 pounds), both class C felonies.
"This is another example of criminals using our highways for the dangerous transportation of drugs," ISP Sgt. Dean Wildauer said. "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."