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I-70 traffic stop turns into 600-pound marijuana arrest

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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."

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Wholly smokes! $600,000 street value?!! Great job, Officer Dravigne!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 11:27 AM

If only the Brazil Police Department had access to I-70. It'd be great to see some forfeitures coming our way. That's money in the bank for the police departments.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 11:28 AM

Great job ISP!

Curtis Towing? If that is the same Curtis Wrecker guy that used to be down at I-70 & 59 I'd keep my eye on that crook too!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 12:46 PM

No wonder Thoughtful always compliments the cops, he is one.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 2:57 PM

Ombudsman, I'm not sure, but I believe Thoughtful was talking about $$ coming to the BPD. But if he is a policeman, so what? At least that's a LEGAL way to may a living, which is more than a lot of people in Clay Co. can say (unless of course selling drugs was made legal in the last few minutes).

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 3:59 PM

Proud of My Country- I don't think that this is the same Curtis that use to have the wrecker in Clay County. I didn't know the other guy but I think the one that has this "Curtis Wrecker" is a pretty good guy. Great job ISP and Putnam County officers.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 5:05 PM

Ombudsman, are officers not allowed to comment on this sight? Great job officer Dravigne!!!

-- Posted by jm3611 on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 7:20 PM

What were the "indicators on the semi-tractor and trailer consistent with drug trafficking"? Did he have Grateful Dead mudflaps on his rig?

-- Posted by gratefoole on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 4:05 AM

Maybe the "chimp" logo from that Super Troopers movie. (@ gratefoole) ; )

Don't know, don't care .. glad this guy was caught .. I say we have a bonfire!

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 10:29 AM

Thanks Snow....I didn't know if it was or not. The last I heard of the bad Curtis he was at Little Point.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 12:38 PM

Dagnabbit, No it is not the same Curtis. The are a great service at I 70 and Little Point road.

-- Posted by kallycoe on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 11:11 PM

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