Traffic Violation Leads to Discovery of 78 Pounds of Marijauna

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FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

Sgt. John Perrine
Public Information Officer

DATE: April 16, 2018

Greenfield, IN - Earlier this morning an Indiana State Trooper pulled over a 2017 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on I-70 near Greenfield. The trooper later discovered more than 78 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle.

Today, around 11:00 a.m. a Trooper who was patrolling I-70 in Hancock County noticed a black SUV weaving outside the traffic lanes. A subsequent traffic stop and investigation revealed a large amount of marijuana inside. The vehicle was driven by 51 year old Christian Elie of Elbert Colorado and there was one passenger, 42 year old Austin Johnson of Indianapolis. Both men were arrested and transported to the Hancock County Jail on preliminary drug charges.

This is an ongoing investigation, troopers will work with the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office to determine formal charges. The street value of the marijuana is estimated to be around $250,000.

 You can report Illegal drug activity occurring in your area by calling the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line 1-800-453-4756.

 All suspects are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. 

At the time of this release mug photos of the suspects were not yet available. They will be released upon availability. 



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