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Lot Of Pot Found During I-74 Traffic Stop

Posted On October 19, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana State Police located 33 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle stopped on Interstate 74 on Wednesday, October 19. Photo provided.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Thirty-three pounds of marijuana were discovered during a traffic stop by Indiana State Police in Dearborn County.

Troopers conducted the stop on Interstate 74 eastbound just east of the St. Leon exit on Wednesday afternoon. Trooper Randel Miller and his K9 partner Jinx conducted a sweep of the 2004 Ford Excursion, leading Jinx to indicate that there was an odor of drugs.

Police searched the vehicle and came across numerous individually wrapped plastic bundles containing suspected marijuana. The packages were hidden in various locations throughout the vehicle.

“In total, the packages weighed approximately 33 pounds with an estimated street value of $150,000. Troopers determined that the marijuana had originated in Colorado and was being taken to an unknown location in Ohio,” said ISP Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

Troopers arrested a passenger in the vehicle, 23-year-old Michael W. Granados, Jr. of Denver. He has been charged with Dealing Marijuana (Over 10 Pounds) and Possession of Marijuana (Over 10 Pounds).

Granados could make his initial appearance in court Thursday.

Wheeles said the driver of the vehicle was released without charges at this time.

Michael W. Granados, Jr. Photo provided.