Traffic stop leads to large pot bust, 35 pounds of marijuana seized

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Photo: (From left to right) Bohner, Meade and Sabre (courtesy Indiana State Police)

LAGRANGE COUNTY – Indiana State Police stopped a large shipment of marijuana bound from California to the east coast.

On Tuesday morning, Trooper Ted Bohner saw a rental truck commit a moving violation on the Indiana Toll Road and pulled the vehicle over. After speaking with the driver, Bohner called for help from Trooper Nicholas Meade and his K-9 partner, Sabre. The dog made a positive alert and the troopers searched the truck until they encountered a padlock.

The troopers got a search warrant and looked inside, finding three boxes that contained 35 individually wrapped packages of marijuana.

The driver, Robert Scott Baldwin, 60, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Jon-Michael Debettencourt, 32, Oakland, Calif., were taken into custody and placed in the LaGrange County Jail.

Baldwin was charged with dealing in marijuana, more than 10 pounds; possession of marijuana, more than 30 grams; and possession of paraphernalia. Debettencourt was charged with dealing marijuana, more than 10 pounds.