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Indiana State Police confiscated 33 pounds of marijuana with a street value of approximately $210,000 during a routine traffic stop last Wednesday at the Interstate 64 89 mile-marker.

ISP seize $210,000 of marijuana during routine I-64 traffic stop


January 30, 2008
Police seized 33 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $210,000, during a routine traffic stop along Interstate 64 in Crawford County last Wednesday.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kirby Stailey stopped an eastbound 2003 Volkswagon Jetta for speeding and unsafe lane movement at the 89 mile-marker just before noon. According to police, the driver, Christopher James Donegan, 37, of Grass Valley, Calif., became very nervous and could not answer questions from Stailey.

When ISP Trooper Brian LaRoche and his K-9 partner Justice, who came to assist Stailey, conducted a walk-around search, Justice alerted to the presence of illegal drugs in the car, according to police. A subsequent search of the vehicle by the troopers led to the discovery of 33 pounds of marijuana packed in suitcases.

Donegan was arrested without incident and taken to the Crawford County Jail.

"This is high quality marijuana with an estimated street value of approximately $210,000" Stailey said.

Donegan was charged with possession of marijuana over 10 pounds and dealing marijuana over 10 pounds, both Class C felonies.

Also assisting was ISP Trooper Troy Fischer.

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