Traffic stop on new stretch of I-69 leads to large drug seizure and arrests

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (December 19, 2015)—Indiana State Troopers conducting an aggressive criminal enforcement on the newly opened section of I-69 stopped a car for speeding which led to a significant drug seizure and three arrests.

The troopers said during the course of the traffic stop, they became suspicious. Speaking to the three occupants, the troopers say they got conflicting stories.

A drug sniffing police dog was sent in to check over the vehicle and alerted the officers to the presence of narcotics.

Police found 25 pounds of marijuana, more than $17,000 cash and a loaded firearm in the car.

Additionally, one of the occupants was wanted on an active arrest warrant.

Police say two of the occupants; 32-year-old Brian M. Steiner and 29-year-old Kelli J. Steiner were from Evansville and were headed to Indianapolis with the marijuana.

The third person was identified as 34-year-old Joshua L. Burgess.

All three were charged with dealing and possession of marijuana. The Steiners were charged with Maintaining a common nuisance.  Burgess was charged with visiting a common nuisance.

The trio were taken to the Monroe County Jail.

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