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Cross-country drive interrupted by drug-sniffing dog in LaGrange County

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Indiana State Police seized what they say is about 35 pounds of marijuana Tuesday after a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road.

About 9:25 a.m., a trooper on routine patrol stopped a rental truck near the 114 mile-marker after what the trooper said was a moving violation.

Based on what he observed during his encounter with the driver, the trooper called in help, including a police dog. During a search of the contents of the truck, the dog indicated that he had a hit. Three boxes were located in the truck that allegedly contained a total of 35 individually wrapped packages of marijuana.

The driver, Robert Scott Baldwin, 60, of Santa Rosa, Calif., was charged with dealing in marijuana, more than 10 pounds; possession of marijuana, more than 30 grams; and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Passenger Jon-Michael Debettencourt, 32, of Oakland, Calif., was charged with dealing in marijuana, more than 10 pounds. They were jailed in LaGrange County Jail after their arrest.