2017-10-25 / Front Page

I-70 traffic stop leads to a cache of marijuana

Wednesday morning at approximately 10:39 a.m., Indiana State Police trooper from the Putnamville Post, stopped a 2017 Toyota Avalon for speeding on eastbound Interstate 70 near the 35 mile marker.

During conversation with the driver, the trooper developed information that led to a search of the vehicle. On the rear seat was one large duffel bag containing suspected packaged marijuana. In the trunk were three other large duffel bags containing additional suspected packaged marijuana and vials of suspected marijuana oil.

The driver, 21-yearold Thomas Lee King of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was taken into custody and preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana over 10 lbs. (level 5 felony); dealing marijuana over 10 lbs. (level 5 felony); possession of a controlled substance (felony); and operating while intoxicated – refusal (misdemeanor). Held at the Putnam County Jail.

In all, approximately 75 lbs. of suspected marijuana, 300 vials of suspected marijuana oil, and one suspected OxyContin narcotic pain killer tablet were seized. Estimated total street value of the marijuana is $337,000 and the estimated total street value of the marijuana oil is $16,500. King was traveling from Colorado to Ohio.

Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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