Traffic stop leads to discovery of more than 78 pounds of pot


Monday morning an Indiana State Trooper pulled over a 2017 Ford Expedition for a traffic violation on I-70 near Greenfield east of Indianapolis. The traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 78 pounds of marijuana inside the vehicle.

The trooper made the stop after seeing the black SUV weaving outside the traffic lanes.

The vehicle was driven by Christian Elie, 51, of Elbert, Colorado and there was one passenger, Austin Johnson, 42, of Indianapolis. Both men were arrested and transported to the Hancock County Jail on preliminary drug charges.

According to Indiana State Police, 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.

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