Wayne County – A traffic stop late Friday afternoon in southern Wayne County led to the discovery of 450 pounds of marijuana. Around 4 p.m. Friday, June 13, Indiana State Police Trooper Jimmy Wells stopped a south bound Ford F250 utility bed pickup on US 27, about 6 miles south of Richmond, after clocking it in excess of the 55 M.P.H. speed limit.
After speaking with the two truck occupants, Wells became suspicious. Wayne County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Deputy Kerry Martin was nearby and came to assist. As Deputy Martin’s dog walked around the truck, it alerted to the presence of narcotics. After further investigation officers discovered 450 pounds of marijuana, packaged in 25 pound plastic bundles, hidden in the truck.
Arrested was the driver, Joe A. Caudillo, age 28, and his passenger Israel A. Aguirre-Contreras, age 21, both of Greensburg Indiana. Both were lodged in the Wayne County Jail on Class “C” Felony charge of Dealing in Marijuana Over Ten Pounds.
Anyone with information about illegal drug use may call the Pendleton Post at 1-800-527-4752, or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous
All Suspects Are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law.
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