PIKE COUNTY — A California man was arrested for dealing approximately 13 pounds of marijuana, following a traffic stop on I-69 Tuesday evening in Pike County.

Indiana State Police reported that Trooper Casey Boeckman was working the Pike County area of I-69 around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and stopped a black 2020 Nissan Altima for speeding. Boeckman spoke to the driver and detected the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle produced approximately 13 pounds of suspected marijuana in the back seat and the trunk.

Arthur Ward, 26, of Bakersfield, California, was booked at the Pike County Jail on a class A felony count of dealing marijuana and a class A felony count of possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana. He is held without bond. The female driver took possession of vehicle.

Gibson County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that a Winslow man was arrested Tuesday night on drug charges following a traffic stop on I-69.

According to the report, Gibson County Central Dispatch received a report of a motorcycle traveling at excessively high speeds on Interstate 69 near the 33-mile marker at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputy Bryce Jutzi and Oakland City Officer John Pace saw the motorcycle and attempted to stop it at the Ind. 64 and I-69 interchange, but the rider continued at an extremely high rate of speed, according to the sheriff’s office, before ultimately being stopped at the 40.5 mile marker.

Cory Folsom, 33, Winslow was taken into custody after police found marijuana and methamphetamines during a search. He was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of marijuana, driving while suspended, and reckless driving. He has since posted $750 bond.


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