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December 28, 2008

Traffic Stop Yields Drug Bust

Trolling around Decatur County with more than 10 pounds of marijuana in your vehicle might put most drivers on alert and keep them focused on the road. But that wasn’t the case near midnight on Friday, Dec. 26 along Interstate 74.

A minor traffic violation led to the arrest of Eddie L. Clemon, 28, of 7615 Shadowcreek Drive, Hamilton, Ohio. The man was arrested late Friday night for possession of marijuana in excess of 30 grams and booked in the Decatur County Jail early Saturday morning on a preliminary charge of dealing in marijuana. The charge is a Class C Felony, which can include up to eight years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

Indiana State Police (ISP) Tpr. Chris Howell focused his attention on Clemon’s vehicle after he witnessed the minor traffic violation, and subsequently stopped the 1997 Pontiac on eastbound I-74 near the 144 mile marker, according to an ISP press release. The suspect’s driving had led Howell to suspect that Clemon was intoxicated. After administering a series of field sobriety tests, Howell determined Clemon was not intoxicated, although it was clear he had been drinking. As Howell continued the investigation, his suspicions were aroused and he asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle.

Upon receiving consent, Howell quickly located the more than 10 pounds of marijuana. The drugs were wrapped in garage bags in the trunk of the Pontiac.

In addition to the marijuana stash, the driver was also found to be in possession of a large amount of cash. Clemon was quickly placed under arrest and transported to the Decatur County Jail.

Assisting Tpr. Howell at the scene were Troopers Brent Miller and Clifton Elston. More charges could be filed against Clemon this week.

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