LAGRANGE – An Indiana state trooper discovered 259 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Wednesday, Nov. 3, on the Indiana Toll Road.
Just after noon, Trooper Nikolos Anderson stopped a black 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck for a moving violation as it traveled eastbound in a construction zone near mile marker 120. It was approximately one mile west of the Howe/LaGrange exit.
During the traffic stop, a free-air sniff was conducted by a K9 unit with the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office. A search of the Chevrolet was conducted after a positive alert by the K9 that resulted in the discovery of approximately 259 pounds of suspected marijuana.
The driver of the Chevrolet, Carlos Silva Rivas, 28, and the passenger, Margarito Alvarez, 41, both of White City, Ore., were both arrested for dealing marijuana and possession of marijuana. Rivas and Alvarez were taken to the LaGrange County Jail.